Sunday, December 5, 2010

September 11th, 1862

Corinth, Sept. 11th 1862

Dear Mollie,

If I am not mistaken I wrote you a letter one week ago today, and another last Sunday, indeed. I think I have written as often as twice a week for a long time, but I feel like writing everyday and I don’t know but I should do so, if you if you had a daily mail. But as you get but one mail a week, it is useless to write oftener than once a week, if I could only hit on the time that I could write the latest and you get the letters the earliest.
Sept.12th Dear wife, I didn’t finish my letter yesterday so I’ll try and do it today, between my guard hours. I got a letter from you this morning dated Sept. 4th, by which I learned that you were at your mothers yet and was glad to know that you could get peaches to dry. You didn’t say how long you were going to stay there and I hardly know where to direct the letter, you stated also that you had got your and the children’s likenesses taken and sent them to me, but I am sorry to say that they have not come to hand. You request me to get mine taken for you. Well I suppose I might do so, but it will cost a dollar and fifty cts. To get it taken here and I had thought the money would do you more good than the likeness would. Don’t you think so eh! Mollie? You also sent me some postage stamps, which arrived safe but, I didn’t need them very bad for I had got a chance to buy some and Ammon sent me 16. However they will come in good play.
I got a letter today from cousin Jane Grabb, she has been sick and Lewis is very low. Ammon sent me a lot of papers, which gave lists of three companies which have been formed on our county under the late call. I am somewhat surprised that Jo. Boseberry should act as he did, I thought he had more spunk than that. Had it been some of the Bailey’s or Temples (?) or some others I might mention, it would have been no more than could have been expected.
Well I don’t know what to write about. I’ll have to go on guard pretty soon and the mail will leave pretty soon too, and I dislike to send a sheet that is not filled. It don’t pay to send blank paper by mail, in addition to my being in a hurry there is a sap-head here that keeps his everlasting tongue running all the time and I have to stop to answer his questions and that bothers me a lot (?), and as I have nothing of interest to write, I’ll quit. We shall probably stay here sometime as you can continue to direct you letters heretofore.
Now dear wife accept my warmest love, kiss Elmer for me and remember me to Edgar and the friends, Mollie.
Good Bye Charlie

P.S. I send you a lock of hair that cousin Matt Parcels sent me. Take good care of it, will you Mol?

1 comment:

  1. He discusses Jo. Boseberry and some others, he is referring to their failure to join the Army as volunteers. The draft was still ten months away.