Priceless Family Histories

The genealogy and family folk history interests I had in college are flaring up again!  It’s been lots of fun spending time with my Grandmother, talking about when she was growing up and transcribing her stories word for word.   I’ve also been looking through some of the documents my parents have; there’s one that my Dad’s mom wrote to a family friend about some family folk stories that I’ll treasure to have gotten to transcribe.

Yesterday, I found copies of old Civil War letters…I know some of the originals are around somewhere.  I know it may sound like mundane research to some, but I’m just fascinated.  For instance, here’s what one of the Civil War letters says:

Barbersville– October 8, 1862

Dear Mother and family.  I seat myself this evening to drop you a few lines.  I _____ leave better.  I have been sick with the bilious fever.  I was taken the day that I left the boys and had a hard time of it as we were moving all the time.  I have got able to go to business again altho (sic.) I am very weak.  I hope when this comes to hand I will find you all enjoying good health.  I haven’t heard from the boys in over two weeks.  I am very anxious to hear from them.  Mother I want the bottom sown in wheat and if you haven’t sold that horse you had better let some body take him for his foal and manage the best that you can.  I don’t know when I will get to come home.  We have got so far from the railroad and it is dangerous to pass back through the mountains without a big crowd.  The bush wacks (sic.) is thick.  I must close.  I am so nervous that I cann’t (sic.) write you.  I affect you til death.  W.R.W.  Tell Mrs. Owens that Harbe is well.  Direct from Barbersville, Kentucky to Knoxville, Tenn.  There carried by a courier from Knoxville we cannot get now.

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2 responses to “Priceless Family Histories”

  1. Caroline, did the soldier live? I spent a whole week last year tracing my Great Grandfather in the Civil War (NY 9th Cavalry), and this year it is performing the daunting task of joining the DAR. They are terrors. I think it would be much more fun to be able to belong to the Confederate Daughters of America – and the food would be better! Best, Bonnie

    • Hi Bonnie! I don’t know the soldier’s ultimate fate. I know that there are some Confederate soldiers with the same last name buried in the old family cemetery, but I’m not a direct descendant of the soldier whose letter I quoted. Please let me know how it goes ultimately with the DAR…my aunt joined years and years ago and I considered it, but I just haven’t had the time or energy to put toward getting the documentation in order.

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