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Letters, 1863

 File — Box: 1, Folder: 3
Collection number: Folder 3

Scope and Contents

January 4, 1863 -William writes this letter to his wife about his roundtrip and his hunger. February 25, 1863 -Knight writes this letter to his wife in an attempt to predict the end of the war. March 6, 1863 -William Knight writes this letter explaining his thoughts on the future of America, and of a Yankee attack the previous night. March 13, 1863 -This letter from William to his wife expresses his feelings on not being in debt after the war. March 17, 1863 -William writes this letter to his father about the military inspections and the sickness in the camp. March 21, 1863 -Knight writes this letter describing his thoughts on the capability of the Confederate army. March 27, 1863 -William Knight writes in this letter his feelings about his wife not receiving some of the previous letters that he sent. April 2, 1863 -In this letter Knight explains his spiritual beliefs and expresses concern on his wife’s health. April 30/ May 1, 1863 -William writes this letter complaining about the army’s poor meal plan. May 28, 1863 -Knight explains in this letter to his wife that there is a lack of information leaving or coming into his camp. June 3, 1863 -William writes this letter to his wife about his troops’ recent march from one camp to another and the fact that there is flowing water there. July 22, 1863 -William writes this letter to his wife about a skirmish with Yankee troops and a fellow soldier getting his head blown off. August 10, 1863 -Knight writes this letter to his wife about his fight with diarrhea and the debt he owes. August 29, 1863 -William Knight writes this letter to his wife about his entrance into the hospital. September 20, 1863 - S.S. Siles writes a mostly ineligible letter to Mary Carroll. He says William is sick. Siles has been injured and seems to be writing the letter while "suffering" a wound to the "breast." The Confederate Army is fortifying North Georgia and desertion rates are high. October 18, 1863 - An official report, or invoice, describing William W. Knight and his service. Includes his enlistment date, when he was last paid, and his physical features. October 22, 1863 - Most of content unreadable, but found parts about soldiers eating food. William writes from a camp near Chattanooga,TN describing his activities, including going to a fair. He complains the soldiers get no rest and that the older soldiers are not to blame for some incident(s) in the region. November 2, 1863 - Most of content unreadable. William notes they have moved camp again and apologizes that he didn't stay at home longer during his last furlough. He says he has lost all sense of patriotism and wants to come home to his family. He seems to be describing the economic breakdown of the Southern economy and expresses fears of how his wife and children will survive.


  • Created: 1863

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.


From the Collection: 1.00 Boxes


From the Collection: English


Repository Details

Part of the Valdosta State University Archives and Special Collections Repository

Valdosta State University Archives, Odum Library
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Valdosta GA 30601 United States
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