Letter from Robert C. Caldwell to Mag Caldwell, February 15th, 1864

Feb, the 15, 1864

Dear Wife

I seat my Self to drop you a fu lines this morning to let you here from me I am well I have just come of gard and it is ranin and bloein the hardst Sort this makes three knights this week i dont git one wink of Sleep but it dont hurt mee much I weigh one hundred and 80 my helth is good I have more clothe than I want I have fore pare of pants and three pare slips 3 shirts 3 cots 6 par of socks 2 par has the toes out of them and 2 caps my old hat is mas dun I want to Send Sum of my cloths home if I can git a chance there is two men going to Start home from our co in a day or two I dont know

whether I can Send them or not you can Send to the Depo and See I am going to send this leter with them them ones name is Housten and Pinion those two men is going home on furlo as soon as tha kin get a boat wee have got Small pox in our co no one can get to pass on the boat down here to See us only then that has Specil bisness I want you to tel me the perticklers about Mothers health I dont want you to Say I hant hurd for two or thre days I expect She is beter or you woold sent me word I wrote hur a letter a fu days a go told them if She got dangers for housten to write me a leter and cin his name in fool to it

(pages 3 and 4 of the letter are torn at the top, some text missing or illegible) but I forgot to state sum things I want you to tel Doct Housten to write me a leter and plate Mothers case in it if he Sends me the right kind of a Staten that he dont think Mother will live and sine his name in fool I think I can git of on Spicil furlo my helth is good except cold that is a comen complaint write Soon and often let me here from Mother and the rest of the friends I want you to send me a box with Lugh Housten when returning he is waten now to get a Boat you will here when he returns

(top section of letter damaged--writing illegible)

Letter from Robert C. Caldwell to Mag Caldwell, February 15th, 1864
Letter from Robert C. Caldwell to his wife Mag Caldwell. Robert is serving as a private in Company C., 10th Battalion, North Carolina Heavy Artillery and writes from Fort Caswell in Brunswick County. Robert writes that he is in good health but that there is smallpox in his company. He has been on guard duty with no sleep for 3 nights. Robert asks Mag for news of his mother's health, and tells her to get Dr. Houston to write a letter describing his mother's condition. He says a letter from the doctor may get him a special furlough to come home.
February 15, 1864
Original Format
11cm x 20cm
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East Carolina Manuscript Collection
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