Military Monday: It Was the Worst of Time XII

Courtesy of NC Dept of Cultural Resources

Courtesy of NC Dept of Cultural Resources

Finally, after over a month of silence, Francis responds.

“PetersBurg Va July 5th 1864

“Dear Wife and Children I Seat  my Self this evning to Rite  you a few lines to let you  now that I am well at this  time hoping that these lines  may Reach your kind hands  and fine you injoying the  same blessing you Rote to  that you would like to hear  from me and now whether  I was killed are not I  can in form you that I  am spared yet by the good  will of god we have bin  in the brest works about  one Month we are in them  yet and I dont now when  we will git out soon are  not tha are fighting every  day we have lost killed and “wounded in this Company  6 men 2 killed 4 wounded  it Seems like god is on  our Side the balls tha whistle  by our eares you Rote that  it Rained Somutch that you  Could not git to work your  corn it haint Rained to say  Rain in 6 weeks hear &  gardens is Runing hear it tis  mighty hot hear if this fight  Comes of Soon and this Company  lives and dont git wounded  nor killed tha are coming  home you Rote to me to Come home  and save the wheat I cant  Come I would like to Come  home and See you all once  more in this life and See my  Sweete littel baby I doo hope  and pray to god to live to

Courtesy of NC Dept of Cultural Resources

Courtesy of NC Dept of Cultural Resources

“git home to See it it seemes  like god has blessed every  thing that I have prayed  for and I doo hope that he  will bless me to live to git  home to See that littel <Babe?>  when I think of hit it seems  like it will kill me are  Brake my hart you Rote to  me that you had a mess  of potatoes the Sixteenth I  want you to tell mother  houdy for me and tell  her that I am well I have  to Rite so fast that I dont  now whether you can Read  this litter are not I haint  Slep one good night Sleepe  in two month I have to work  are Stand gard are picket  every night I am very nigh “broken down it Seems like  god has bin with me are  I could not Stoo up to hit  I want you to pray for me  and tell all of my friends  to pray for me I pray for  you and my littel Children  to Spare your lives and Sustain  you and thim in this life  I want you to Rite as soon  as this Comes to hand and  Rite me all of the newse  I have Seen Corn as high  as I could Reach you Rote  that your Corn looked very  well and your sweete potatoes  looked very well you dident  Rite whether you had planted  any tobaco are not fare well  Dear wife F.M. Poteet to his  loving Wife M.A.E. Poteet god  bless you is my prayer”

Francis’ second letter:

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Courtesy of NC Dept of Cultural Resources

“PetersBurg Va July 11th 1864

Dear wife and children I seat my  Self this morning to Rite you afew lines  to let you now that I am well at this  time hoping that these lines may Reach  your kind hands and find you all injoy ing the same blessings I haint Recieved  no letter from you since the one  that you Rote in June it was dated  the 16 it gave me grate Satsfaction  to hear that you was as well as what  you was you Rote that three are fore of  you had the bowel complaint and you Rote  that you had a mes of potatoes I would  like to bin thare to eat with you  but I could not I think that if  god spares my life that I will eat with  you all once more I have Rote every  week sence I hav bin with the company  I dont now whether you git them are  not but I do hope and pray to god that  you git them so you can hear from me  and hear how I am gitting along  I would like to git your letters so I  could hear from you and my littel  children and hear how you are gitting “along I want you Rite to me whether  you got your wheat cut are not I could  not come if I could have come I would  you now I have bin in the intrenchments  about two month I haint bin Releaved  In 12 days we git very Durty in the  intrenchments we cant git to wash  our clothes I saw Bill West he come  to our company and staid there two are  three hours he is well he Said that  Wm

Courtesy of NC Dept of Cultural Resources

Courtesy of NC Dept of Cultural Resources

Walker was well but he could not  see in the night  I want you to pray for me and all  of the people to spear my life to git  home I think that god has heard your  prayers and I hope and pray to god  that he will continu hearing and ancern  your prayers I pray day and night that  god will spear my life and yours and  our littel Children grate god hear  my friends prayers and ancer them  may the god of heaven bless you  all I heard that the Yankeys had tuck  camp vance and Robed the Bank and  kiled Avry F.M. Poteet to his lovin  Wife Martha A.E. Poteet god bless and save  you all is the prayer of your unworthy <????????>”

The Battle of the Crater lies ahead.

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