Many couples wrote letters to each other covering a myriad of subjects during the Civil War. One of them was Francis Marion Poteet, a farmer, miller, and carpenter from Dysartsville in McDowell County, who was conscripted in 1863 at age 36. Left on the home front was his wife, Martha Hendley Poteet, who was pregnant, and ten children. Their letters describe the conflicts they faced--Francis staying alive and Martha keeping the family together and feeding them while fighting the landlord over eviction from their property. They survived and lived together for fifty-four years. Both died on the same day--April 2, 1902.