Sullivans Island Sept 9th 1862
My Dear Wife I have the pleasure
of devoting a few moments for the
gratifycation of addressing you a few lines
which leaves me well hoping this may
reach and sisy injoying the best of
helth, Rachel I have no news of a
fight heare to interest you with
but tha are fighting hard in verginia
our boys have bin successful in Evry
fight yet still driving the yank=
=es back Kirby Smith have taken
three citys from the yankes I will
give you the names of the citys
New port Curvington Key and
Cincinaty Ohio I am Just from Chaleston this Eavnin and this is
the latest news telegrpht theire
I think I four boys can be success=
=ful a little longer wee will have
peace it is said that Jackson
is marchin on boltimore
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it appears lik our men down
heare cant git a chance to fight
the yankes and tha have turned
out to fighting one another tha
have bin too duels fought heare
Sience I came down. on last friday
Eavning theire was a fight between
magor Rett of the Beaugard batry
and col Calhoun of fort Sumter
Rett Killed Calhoun our Col
Dantzler was a Second for Calhoun
and it is thought that he will
resine or be casheard I am very
sorry that he had Eny thing to doe
with it I would be verry sorry
for Col Dantzler to leave us
and I understand theire was another
duel fought this Eavning between
Calhouns brother and a captain
from Beaugard batry I supose it
Originated from the fight that
took place on last fridy I have
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not understood the caus of Eather
of the fights in the fight this Eavning
Calhoun Killed the captain
the duels was fought on the race
corse in Chaleston
Dear Rachel I have not received
Eny Money yet and I understan
to day that wee wont git pay
under Sixty days which will
be two Months but I hope wee
will git it sooner than that
I am verry ansous to git Money
so I could git you some things
and send you as I promist to doe
but it is imposable for me to
git them until I git Money
as soon as I git Money I will
attend to it. Rachel you must be
cearfull with your Salt I have
bin all over charleston to day
looking after Salt liver pool Salt
is such as you have is worth $75 dollars
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a Sack and hard to git at that
the Salt tha make heare is worth
ten dollars but it is not neare as
good as the liver pool Salt
Deare Rachel our faire heare is verry
bad wee have prity hard living but
I am in hops that tha will feed us
better in a few days you need not
send me Eny thing from home I can
stand it as good as the rest if I can only
keep well. Deare Rachel I received
a letter from Ben last Saturday night
I will Enclose it in this and send it
to that you may heare what he has
got to say I have not heard a word
from G. R. Furtick I saw in the papers [1]
that his Col was killed in some of the
fight and I Expect that when wee hear the
perticulars that the Rigt is cut to pieces
I must close for the want of room on this sheat
to right more right to me soon and give me
all the news from your little cats up &c &c
accept a kiss for yourself } take good ceare } J.J.Jefcoat
and my Darling little sisey } of yourself good }

  1. his brother-in-law, G. R. Furtick, served in Co. B, 1st SC Infantry (Hagood's)
September 9, 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
To County: 

Transcription/Proofing Info

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

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