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60th North Carolina Infantry

Item CON-6583
November 12, 1862 William Augustus Patton
Price: $450.00


Original Civil War Confederate soldier's letter. 4 pages war dated and written in period ink. Letter contains information concerning the care of slaves.

Murfreesboro, Tennessee
November 12th 1862

My Dear Mother,

I have intended writing you ever since we came here. But my time has been so much occupied and I have had so little opportunity to write, that I have deferred it from time to time. I have written Julia frequently and knew that you would hear through her how we all were. We have been here just 4 weeks tonight. And have had delightful weather with one or two days’ exception. We have been very much troubled with dust until today, when it commenced raining or has been drizzling nearly all day. We are very comfortably fixed, however and have not suffered any inconvenience as yet from cold or rain. I have a small stove in my office tent and my sleeping tent is just behind. The two tents open together. Captain Coleman and myself tent together. He is a very pleasant companion. Thomas has a brick chimney in his tent which is a great comfort. He and Captain Reynolds tent together. I regretted very much his leaving our mess. But he seems to be getting along very well. I see him very frequently. Sam cooks for him and his officers. Sam is a pretty good cook but not near such a one as Isaac. We live very nicely. Plenty of fat beef, sweet potatoes and such things. This is a very fine country. The greatest abundance of provisions of all disciples. I would like so much to send to you some sweet potatoes and also some fat hogs. I scarcely know what you will do for provisions in Buncombe but I hope Mr. Ray is efficient and is making what little you have last out to the best advantage. We received a very pleasant note from Cousin Mary Ervin inviting us to visit them and urging us to come to their house in case of sickness. Thomas, I suppose has written you of his and Frank’s visit too. I had intended going to see them before this. But have been so closely engaged that I could not get off. I scarcely know what to write about the movements of our Army here. We are more in the dark probably than you are at home. As you get the papers and we scarcely ever see one. General Breckinridge is in command here. We are attached to his Division. The enemy has been strongly reinforced at Nashville, so report says. I do not think our forces will attack but whether we will await an attack here or fall back. I do not know. But strongly suspect the latter. Our troops are kept prepared for any emergency. The orders are for every regiment to keep ten days cooked rations on hand all the time. I would not like to be started out tonight. It is raining hard and very dark. My health so far has been very good. And if we have to suffer no greater hardships, than we have yet, I hope it may be of advantage to me. Thomas is quite well all the time. we have had a great deal of sickness within the regiment and a number of deaths.

I hope Mr. Ray has attended to getting the salt form Uncle John. It was to be delivered by the 1st of the month. I wrote him to sell it at the Salt Works, reserving enough for our own use. It was worth at the works when I left Grunnell’s $12 per bushel. I trust it has been attended to and if not, I should be at once. Uncle John was to give 150 bushels of salt for the boys. 100 bushels at 12 would make $1,200.00. what he cost, and leave 50 bushels for our use. I trust that I will be able to come home in December to see what disposition had better be made with the negroes for next year and for various other reasons. I expect you have had great trouble in getting clothing for the negroes. I think Mr. R. should go mind to the different places where the negroes are housed and see if they are properly provided for and not suffering. According to the terms of the hiring, the hirer was to furnish everything. But in the great scarcity of clothing and shoes, if it is not seen after, it will not be done. I hope Mr. Kerr has been able to supply you with shoes.

I sold to Dr. McDonnell the Blair Property, as you no doubt have heard, ere this. I was sorry to displace Brother James, but thought it best to sell as it was not paying the interest on the cost. I wrote Brother James informing him. I regretted exceedingly to hear of and was very much surprised at Brother James’ conduct in regard to the flour. It was I thought wholly my purchase and arrangement to supply you and my family, in my absence, with flour. But of course, I was willing to divide with him for his own use, even to the last pound. But to accommodate others at our own inconvenience I never would consent to it. And I scarcely think under the circumstances it should be considered selfish. I truly hope his health is improving. For I dread the remedy used, more than the disease. I feel very restless when I think of the complicated condition of affairs at home and the little that is being done to close them up. But as with all things, we must commit them into the hands of our all wise and beneficent Father, who controls all things and will do whatsoever is right.

I hope the children and Julia visit you often. You must not spoil Willie too much. I have not heard from Julia for two weeks. But trust she keeps well and does not give way to her feelings too much. Give a great deal of love to Fannie, Aunt C & M, Brother J. and Annie. Remember me to the servants.

Good night. With a great deal of love for yourself Dear Mother.

From your son, truly and affectionately,

W. A. Patton