Monday, February 4, 2013

1863 January 29 Fort Gaines

              Camp Jackson                                             
                             Fort Gains   Jay 29th 1863
My Dear Wife,
                        Thomas is on his way home
and want the Horse and Buggy to carry him
home which you will let him have –
You need not send “John” to bring it back
as Mr “Bocher” his neighbor who leaves
here with him will likely ride with
Thos as far as his House – He “Thos” will
return it by a careful drive.
                        Since I last wrote you I
have received a “Telegram” from “Lieut Roberts”
saying that Eli Shorter Telegraphed from
Richmond that we were turned over to
the Confederate service for Six months
to be stationed at this place which
arrangement suits me very well – I have not
received as yet a single letter from you
since my return but still live in hopes
that I will before many more days roll
around – I am anxious to hear whether
or not “Louis” has done the painting which
I engaged him to do before leaving home.
                        I am enjoying fine health and
dont have much labor to perform – We
are drilling on the large “Gun” which we
have mounted – Kiss all the Children for
me -                    Your affectionate Husband
                                                 W. H. Locke
     Mrs Ricks and Mrs Oliver are out in
front of our quarters now – waiting for Bob
Ricks to get ready to go home with them –
[The last line on this page is ripped off.
On the back side of the page written in pencil is “Feb 29 – 1863”.]

William H. Locke, Eufaula Minute men and later the 7th Alabama Cavalry

[transcript by Mary Roy Dawson Edwards]

MSS 13485

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