june the 23 1862
South carolina anderson district
Dear sons we take this opertun
nity of writeing afew lines to you to
let you no that we are all in tolerable
helth at this time i feel thankful to
god for all his kind blessings he has
bestoed upon us hopeing that the same
kind blesings may find you both enjoy
ing good helth when the come to hand
we reseived your letters date the 22 & 23
we was glad to hear from you both that
you was tolerable well after undergo
ing the hardships of ware ever sence
you have bin ther you wrote that ma
by you might go to virginia i wish you
could git of that ilant i dont think any
body can have ther helth there if
you cold git to a better place or i would be so
[page 2]
Eliab h ses he thinks virginia is
a hard place for soildeirs hampton
and David braszeal wint
thear sence the battle at richmon and
tuck a box of perversion to the boys
the found them with out any thing
to eat the have to march a bundance
and that ina hury and in need and
water wast deep neal writes that [1]
the hav no tents and his chanc to sleep
is to rol himself in his blanket and
ly in the rain or set up and flour
bread and bacon was all the had to
eat the had nothen to cook with thear
meat bad faire i am verry uneasy
a bout you all it is sed the the battle is
on at richmon now and i am a fraid
ther will be a battle where you are too
[page 3]
if we had any Chance we would
send you a box of pervision and
your brow pants toe i am a fraid
you will both need them bad before
i can git the chance to send them icant
hear of any body coming up from thear
the sunday before neal left i heard
a letter read that james Fowler sent
to his father he said the had bin three
days at a time with out eateing any
thing it is hard times thear and iam a
frade werse acoming Martin your
pigs looks well for thear chance and
our Crop looks tolerable well for the
chance george the tateers looks well
you rote that you wanted to come home
if you went to virginia
[top margin]
Margret Stone sends her
best respects to yo an gorge
[page 4]
we would be too glad to see you both
come home once mor if you could git
to come we would be so glad if neal
cold git to come home too so that you all
could be with us wonce more there was
twenty or more negros whiped last wens
day at williamston for makeing a attemt
to rise Eliab and leusinda is well as common
your aunt polly and vashti and I
Hannah send thear respects to you both
[??????????] remembers hear love [2]
and good wishes to you both Mr
trainham left hear sence diner he left
his family all well he wishes to be remem
mbrd to you both mr wilsons family is
well williams watson fingers ant
well yet write soon so i must come to
to a close no more at presant but
stil remains your loveing
father and mother until death
Josiah M and Elizabeth barkley
to george R and Martin V barkley
rite soon
we hant heard
from neal sence
we rote to you

  1. neal = J. B. O. Barkley
  2. damage on left side of page at fold
  3. written at bottom right-hand margin
June 23, 1862


Residence (County): 
Anderson County, SC
Residence (County): 
Anderson County, SC


Co. D., 18th South Carolina Infantry
Residence (County): 
Laurens County, SC
Co. D., 18th South Carolina Infantry
Residence (County): 
Laurens County, SC


From State: 
South Carolina
From County: 

Transcription/Proofing Info

Andrea Cudworth
Transcription Date: 
May, 2012
Michael Ellis
Proof Date: 
December, 2012

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