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Capture of Fort Fisher

Capture of Fort Fisher


Submitted by Margaret Wrench and transcribed by Kent Wrench during the summer of 2014

Folks of Fort Fisher

Letter written by Edom Smith to John Smith while in Civil War.  He was stationed at Ft. Fisher near Wilmington, NC

November 18, 1863

Dear Father  I sets my self down to drop you a few lines to let you no that we are all well at this time as was this morning Jose is up about again.  But he ses he is going to stay at the horse pit till that run him off.  I am sorrow to say to you that Jink is gon back to hell again.  That sent and took him away this morning.  He hated it very much but I could not help it I did do all to help him I could to help keep him with us but I could not do it.  But I hope that he will meet with the luck to get home again  But I fear not we gave him all that we couls spear Dave let him have 60 dolars that you will have to pay back to him out of the money that he gave to you when he was down hear.  I have nothing to write at this so will close my short leter.  Write soon as this comes to hand

Mother don’t griev after him no more that you can help for it will do no goode at tall and I think the less that you think about him will be the best for you if not the best  for him

Jint tuck three pairs of socks and I gave him my coat  he bot him agod pear of shoes  he had plenty of  goda close But he went of very much cast down nothing now at this itme.

The Battery of Zeckes Island

Letter written by Josephus Smith while in the Civil War.  He was stationed at Zeckes Island near Wilmington, NC.

February 11, 1864

Dear Sister I think I will drop you a few lines to let you know how I am getting a long I am well as common and I hope this will soon reach you and find you the same.  I heard that father was comeing down to see us and if he comes I want him to fetch me some limestone and  kill he itch.  I have wore out my nails and pacients scratching of the itch.  I want you to fetch me a pair of my baby pants and anuf of cloth to make me a cap and John W Simmons wants you to bring him a hat and will pay you for your trouble from his house I want to go home and see all but I don’t sees inna chance furlough is stopt it until the first of March So I can’t come and if that wont stoped I could not get one no how.  Mother if you will come down with father I will pay yore expenses so come if you can.   I want you to fetch me a pair of my baby pants and anuf of cloth to make me a cap and John W Simmons wants you to bring him a hat and will pay you for your trouble from his house I want to go home and see all but I don’t sees inna chance furlough is stopt it until the first of March So I can’t come and if that wont stoped I could not get one no how.  Mother if you will come down with father I will pay yore expenses so come if you can.

The Zeckes Island of Feb. 11, 1864

I will tell you how fair for sompthing to eat we get a third of a pound of meet and a day and a pound of bread a day  mother I am making you a pair of shoes if you will come down you can get them I am most barefooted but you need not fetch me a pair I don’t intend to do innan duty until I get some Moses I herd the you were sick have got well yet or not then I herd that you were going to school with the girls so I recken you are most well I sent twenty dollars I want to no if you it you must write to me an let me no I shal have to close my letter for I can’t think of what I want to rite to you I want you too sent me sumpthing good to eat from home I will come to a close by saying I remain your loving son until death

Josephus Smith to his people

to Mary J. Smith