Item description: Letter, dated 7 April 1863, from William Sprinkle, located near Fredericksburg, to Thomas Poindexter. This letter is part of a collection of material that was owned by John R. Peacock and transferred to the Southern Historical Collection in the 1950s.
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April 7 . 1863Mr. Thomas Poindexter Derr Sir I take the pleser to wite you a few lins to let you know that I am well and I hope when thes lins comes to hand they will fine you and famley well. we ar still at the camp ner Fredericksburg. I have no news to write to you only we we are all well and fate and sasy and black and durty, and lousy, we gite a nuft to yeet that is good. it is ture we doet git meat a nufte. but we git some ever day. we git flour a plenty; we git suger and melessis. as for the camp and the fear I cold stan it very well. but the Yankee is what I derde. I thote this spring they old be pece but I doant think so now. I tink the ware will laste all summer if not tell cold al time is out. I woald be glad for the ware to come to eand and we cold cone home. last Sarday 5 of April was the winst day I ever saw. it like to blod ever thing a way thate we hade and at nite it snow and was so colde that we like to frows it has bin coald ever sents I have bin heare. I hant bin warme sents I have bin heare. Thomas Scott we hant heard forme him sents he lefte hear I be leave that he is dead he was verry low when he lefte here me and Peter and James is to gedher James has ben sick but has got well. Peter is the harty man I ever saw he is as fat as a haug but he wants to cone home the worst I ever saw a fellar. Thomy, I want you to be a good boy and tre to take cear of the wemmen and childer. but dont be to good to the wemen tell I git home and we all have a chanc if the tores tris to run over you nock theem down and we will see you out when we gite home I want you to go to my house and see my wife and childer but I want you to teke your wife with you and you childer to see my childer when this leter comms to hand I want you to write to me and let me know how the peipel is git ing a long and weher thay ar going to call the malitia at 45 or not we heard hear that was a going to the boys say that they ar saray to heare that the malite has to come up 45 but dam glad to heare the ofseers and the [?] had to come they think the oferseer owt to come. So I must come to a close. hand my respects to all my requiring frinds and exseept a full shear for your self and god blest you and perserv you and if we never see one a nnother I hope we will meet in worls of speace Direct your letter to Hamelton crossing va 21 Ret NC Troops Co d in cear of capt A Miller Wm Sprinkle to Thom Pindexter
More about this item: James Augustus Graham (1841-1908) was a resident of Hillsborough, N.C., and an officer in Company G (Orange Guards), 27th North Carolina Infantry Regiment, Confederate States of America.