Camp Frediberg
Headquarters Near
January the 27 1863
Dear Father and mother
I take my pen in hand
to let you know that I am
well at presant hoping when
theas few lines comes to hand
they may find yow well
I Received your kind letter
I Received one shirt one over
Shirt one pare of pants and
two pare of Socks: and two
hankerchief bottle of ink and
Some paper pare of shoes
one pack of envelop uncil
Elcaney dint know weather
they was mion or not and
I twok theym and I want
to know weather they
ar mion or not I want
[page 2]
weather they was mion or not
So if they aint mion I can
pay him for them mother
I can tell yow that my
Pants fits me the best ever
I had pants in my life
and ever thing elce fit
me my pant was two small
Rownd the waist but they
will do mighty well I
am gowing to Send one
coat one pare of paints
Elizabeth yow can take
them botons offen my
coat and then yow will
be awarion and then
father can ware it if
he wants I Sold my
Shoes for ten dollar for
[???????????] [1]
[page 3]
they cost yow that or not
that what I got for them
I Sold them to henry
Shrill [2] tell grany howard
that I hant got time
to right to her this times
I will Right Some
other time tell uncil
Bill and uncil John
and uncil Hiarm they
can volentere and get
one hondred dollar bownty
and they can be with us
and it is aheap better
to be with our friend
tell them I think it best
for them to com owt
I dont want to peswade
them nor nothing so
[????????????????????] [3]
[page 4]
tell them I dont want
them to think hard of me
So no more at present
only Remaing your Son
tell Death Right soon
William H Brotherton
To thomas Brotherton

I am gowing to
Send twenty dollars
by uncil henry


  1. bottom line cut off in photograph
  2. Shrill = Sherrill
  3. bottom line cut off in photograph
January 27, 1863


Co. K, 23rd North Carolina Infantry
Residence (County): 
Catawba County, NC


Residence (County): 
Catawba County, NC
Residence (County): 
Catawba County, NC


From State: 
From Municipality: 


To State: 
North Carolina
To County: 

Transcription/Proofing Info

Andrea Cudworth
Transcription Date: 
October, 2011
M. Ellis
Proof Date: 
November, 2011

Get in touch

  • Department of History
    220 LeConte Hall, Baldwin Street
    University of Georgia
    Athens, GA 30602-1602
  • 706-542-2053

eHistory was founded at the University of Georgia in 2011 by historians Claudio Saunt and Stephen Berry

Learn More about eHistory