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    Confederate Home Front Letters 1862-1864. Five letters. 1) 1-page letter, Byron, Houston County, Georgia, December 15, 1862 from Nep Outlaw to her sister. She requests $20 in expense money so she and cousin Jim Warren (presumably a soldier on furlough) may visit home ("Tell all the negroes Lourdy for me"). 2) 4-page letter, cross-written on bifolium stationery (8 pages of text in total), Augusta [Georgia], April 5, 1863, possibly incomplete, delicate with separation at folds, old repairs, bold and legible. Writer describes trip from Mobile to Havana, having to avoid a Federal cruiser which stalked them, returning to Mobile with 250 kegs of gunpowder after surviving a dangerous lightning storm, saw the blockading squadron out-of-range, anchored under the guns of the fort, avoided obstructions in the channel, safely landed with cargo. Talks of homespun dress of Mobile residents and their shocking bad hats. 3) 4-page letter, Richmond, Virginia, November 7, 1863 from H. C. Williams to Franklin Williams. Advises him to buy cloth for a uniform and have it made in London, or possibly Richmond. "Here is the only place where you can obtain the gold braid for the pumpkin vine as I call it. Chapman writes to me that you could not get a coat for less than $225 of our money... I think if I were in your place, I should prefer the roundabout with straps - it costs less, and is better suited for cavalry service. Mine has just been delivered to me." A bill to regulate prices met with strong citizen opposition (hucksters and speculators included). Flour has sold at auction for $100 a barrel. "The Jews, and there are many of them, the rivals in villainy and extortion to those whom our Saviour cast out of the temple, have hoarded a great deal of flour... These exorbitant prices are the consequence of blockade running which caused gold and greenbacks to possess a superior value to our currency... Our money has nearly become worthless... The Yankees have managed to hold the Rail Road to Nashville which our army might have destroyed. When Forrest left Bragg's Army his Cavalry became as worthless as Stuart's... We know nothing of the condition of things in Lee's Army, except that he is ready to fight if Meade will advance." A superior letter in all respects. 4) 2-page letter written on both sides of a single sheet, similar to the previous one, written just two days later, November 9, 1863, from H. C. Williams to Franklin Williams. The Yankees are attacking Charleston and Lookout Mountain. "President [Davis] acquits Gen. Polk of blame and continues Bragg in command... There is great consternation among the planters in Arkansas, and as many as can are removing their families to Texas." Detailed war news including a Confederate victory at Blountsville, Tennessee and a defeat at Brandy Station. Another fine content letter. 5) 2-page letter, Natchez, Mississippi, October 30, 1864 between Mary and Belle. A friend and neighbor lost a son and daughter within a brief span of time. The writer and the bereaved mother were both imprisoned before that for the crime of disloyalty. "It seems the Confederates are keeping the Yankees busily engaged in keeping them in check."

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    December, 2015
    12th Saturday
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