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    Confederate Officer Simeon K. Wilkerson Letter Archive consisting of sixteen letters, primarily between he and his wife. Wilkerson was a First Lieutenant, and later Captain, of the 18th Alabama Infantry Regiment.

    His earliest letter, dated May 3, 1863, written from camp, tells of the state of the brigade, Wilkerson writes: "I think there will be a change in our Brig since Gen [Alfred] Cumming has been ordered to Miss. We may remain as we are and have an other Gen to take command without any change."

    Three days later, after receiving a letter from his wife, he writes: "I am truly sorry to learn of the Yankee raid in Miss. When I first learned of John's misfortune...I guess he feels a little proud of his stout composure. If the Yankees was as much delighted in taking John from Mother as I was in getting you I can't blame them but it appears that they were not as well pleased as I was for they soon found that they had no use for him."

    He sends a letter on July 17, mentioning the retreat from Corinth. He writes: "I am on the sick list again. I fear another spell of sickness such as I had soon after the retreat from Corinth, Miss."

    October 6, 1863, two weeks after the Battle of Chickamauga, a battle in which the 18th Alabama participated, his wife puts pen to paper. She writes, in part: "My Darling you have no conception of how anxious I was concerning your fate in the last battle before I received your telegraph. And I am so thankful that you escaped so easily. But - I do wish you could have come home." She writes again on October 24 of the battle, she says: "Since I recieved [sic] your letter speaking of the number of officers killed and wounded in the last fight, I feel very much discouraged regarding the next fight. I was very, very sorry to hear of the death of Capt. Hammond, & leiut. McAdory."

    Wilkerson was captured at the Battle of Missionary Ridge on November 25, 1863. The final letter is from his wife dated December 3. Not yet knowing of his capture she writes, in part: "How anxious I am about you this evening. Not a line from you since the battle, and the retreat. I know it is not your fault for I believe you would relieve my anxious heart as soon as it was in your power."

    Wilkerson served out the rest of the war in a Union prison camp and was release in June, 1865.

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