Sullivans Island June 24th 62
Dear Wife
your kind letter of the
19th inst came to hand last knight and
give me much pleasure to hear from
you but am sorry to heare that little
sisy was so sick but I hope she is well
by this and I trust that good helth may
continue with you all as for myself
I am in better helth than I have
bin since I have bin on this Island
Dear Rachel I have no news to right
to you concerning the war more than
you have heard Evry thing has bin
quiet on James Island sence the fight
of sunday an monday I think the
yanks have takene a hint an begins
to see that Chaleston wont be as
Eeasy taken as New Orleans was: altho
Tha may take it yet but when tha
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doe take Charleston tha will be a many
a yankey sent to his long home
Rachel you spoke about our music
I have though so little of it I did not
thinke it worth rightin abought me
and old carrer has bin perticular mad
wit Each other now for several days
he has got some men in his ban that
never will learn to play music and
it appears like he want me to play
for them an myself too he has taken
about two weeks in runing about
to git Instrument and Orangeburg
was on the road he had to travle which
suited him verry well and after so
long a time he got a parsel of old warn
out instrument and his Old Wife from
Orangeburg and brought the croud
down heare now he is perfectly
satisfied himself an he dont ceare
whether I ever git to go home or not
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He promist me when he got his
Instrument here he would go with
me to the Col and git me a furlough
and I watid about a week after he
got Back I went to him an told him
I wanted a furlough he sed he could not
let me go then but Just wate 2 days
an he would git me a furlough so I
waited his 2 days and went to him again
an he ses not yet but Just 2 day longer
and I should go so I waited on him 4
days the next tim so yesturday
Eavning I went to him again and
he give me no satisfation so thats the
way he treats me.. therefore I cant tell when
I can come home Rachel I have sent
you 3 or 4 of the Last weeks papers
by John S. Robers and if you will look
over them cearfuly you can see what
tha have bin doing on James Island
Roberson has promist me he would
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Send you the papers I hope he will
Deare Rachel you spoke about giting
Julia Hoover to stay with you a while
So fare as I am concerned I have no objections
you must use your own Judgment about
that Rachel you must take cear of what
you have keep the corn house an meat house
locked I have seen letters here from mens
Wifes at home that theire smoke house have
bin Robed and I would be sorry to heare
of such a thing hapning to you. you must
not lend any salt as it is nily worth
75 dollars per sack in Charleston.
Dear Rachel if I new I coul git a furlough to
go to charleston at eny time I wished I would say to you
to come there an I would meet you but it is a little
uncertain about geting to go there I have not ben
to chrlest but one time sence I bin hear and that
was the day I went to git my uniforme, you
would be very much as a lef by yourself an
as soon as you got off of the cars you would have to
tell your name an where you wer from an what
your bisness was & if Father could come with
you I would like it I have not room to right so much
as I would like I hope to heare from you soon
your affection Husban a kiss J.J.Jefcoat

June 24, 1862


Co. D, 20th South Carolina Infantry
Musician, Private, Sergeant
Residence (County): 
Orangeburg County, SC


Residence (County): 
Orangeburg County, SC


From State: 
South Carolina
From Municipality: 
From County: 


To State: 
South Carolina
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Transcription/Proofing Info

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

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