I ran across this and wondering if anyone had any idea who wrote this.
Source: Brenda Ballard
A CONFEDERATE SOLDIER WRITES TO HIS WIFE
My dear wife: March 3rd, 1865
"I have to state to you the sad news that tomorrow at 12 o'clock that I have to die. I have to be shot to death for starting home to see my wife and dear children and was arrested and brought back and court-marshaled and am to be shot at 12 o'clock".
Me and D.M. Furr have to be shot but thanks be to God I am not afraid to die. I think when I leave this world I will be where Mary and Martha are."
"Dear wife, don't grieve for me. Try and not. I dreamt last night of seeing you but I shall never. You shall see your hubby no more. I want you to raise my children in the way they should go." "My dear son, Julius, this is my last order to you. I want you lo be a good boy and try to serve God and be a good man. Farewell, Julius, I must leave this world."
"And my sons, Ephraim, try and be a good man and serve God. My daughter, Rebecca, I bid farewell to you. Be a good girl and go to preaching."
"Farewell my dear son, Joel. You have no daddy now. Be a smart boy and mind your mother."
"My dear wife, Nancy, I have to bid farewell to you I want you to keep what things you have and pay my debts_ And I want Julius and Ephraim to have my shop tools and I want them to take good care of them and remember me."
"I have a little looking glass I want to send to Rebecca. I want her to remember me. I have a good blanket I will get and send home. Will send my things with Lefler and try and get him to send them home if he will. And I have 25 or 30 dollars and I shall spend $5 of that in the morning before I suffer"
"Dear wife that is four months service. I can't write like if I was not in trouble. I don't mind death like I do to leave my family to suffer so much here that I don't fear. I don't want you to grieve for me for I feel like I am going home to die no more. I hope I shall be with shining angels and be out of trouble."
"I have a little book I want Joel to have and remember me. It has some pretty lines. I want you to send them children to school, and son, Julius, I can't hear from you any anymore."
"I sent him a letter but got no answer. I pity poor Julius for he has had no chance. I have got no chance to write for I must close my letter."
" March 4th, 1865
"A few lines to Daniel Lefler and Jane Lefler. I bid farewell to your mother and I bid farewell to your father and brothers and sisters. I must leave this world. Farewell, Julius, I must leave this world."
"Joseph Whitley" Submitted by: Cabarrus Heritage Committee. Sources' letter of Joseph Whitley
Update 01-01-2010: I was researching the book, Stanly County USA, The Story of an Area and an Era (1841-1972) by Ivey L. Sharpe and I came across this same letter. How ever the author was different, this letter was written by Joseph Huneycutt to his wife Mrs. Nancy Huneycutt. This letter did not include the March 4, 1865 entry naming Daniel Lefler and Jane Lefler. Regardless who the author was, the letter brought tears to my eyes, and I really would like to know who these families are.
bkb1949added this on 28 Dec 2009
Joseph Whitley, D. M. Furr, Daniel Lefler, Jane Lefler, March 3rd 1865--Joseph Huneycutt, Nancy Huneycutt
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