Excerpt from letter to Lt. M. B. Ruggles from a family member. Believed
to have been written in the Fredericksburg area. The writer provides a
bleak description of the situation- no shoes, food is scarce, and supplies
expensive- typical of the civilian experience in Virginia during the war.
My dear child
In your letter 20th Oct you say you will not start home until you ascertain
whether any yankeys are about. Surely there are none in this part of the
state & god forbid they ever should be seen.
At this time, Garnett, Tom Ball, & Aleck Pratt are at their homes,
& you might visit us with perfect safety. We all feel & believe
that the wretches will make another attack on Richmond, but upon what
quarter is hard to tell. We heard today they had been fighting for two
days at Manassas, but cant vouch for the truth of it. We heard distant
cannon all the time.
Bess is at Dr. Ashtons. Cousin Martha sent the carriage for her with
the girls, all of whom sent love to you & hope you have not forgotten
them. The family from here except myself & fellow have gone to stay
at Bloomsberg. We will go over tomorrow. Wm.[William] has gone to Richmond
to try to get authority to raise a company of Partisan Rangers. Oh how
I wish this war was over, what is to become of the poor people I cant
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