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In April 1861, Dick and Tally Simpson, sons of South Carolina Congressman Richard F. Simpson, enlisted in corporation A of the 3rd South Carolina Volunteers of the accomplice military. Their letters home--published the following for the 1st time--read like a ancient novel, whole with plot, romance, personality, suspense, and tragedy. of their final 12 months of school whilst the conflict broke out, Dick and Tally have been rapidly passed their diplomas so that they may volunteer for army responsibility. Dick was once twenty; Tally was once twenty-two.
good proficient, clever, and considerate younger males, Dick and Tally cared deeply for his or her kingdom, their kin, and their comrades-in-arms and wrote usually to their family in Pendleton, South Carolina, supplying firsthand bills of dramatic occasions from the conflict of First Manassas in July 1861 to the conflict of Chickamauga in September 1863. Their letters offer an image of warfare because it used to be really skilled on the time, now not because it was once remembered a few twenty or thirty years later. it's a photograph that neither glorifies battle nor condemns it, yet easily "tells it love it is." Written to a few various humans, the lads' letters domestic handled a few varied matters. Letters to "Pa" went into nice element approximately army issues in Lee's military of Northern Virginia--troop pursuits, casualties, and the way good specific devices had fought; letters to "Ma" and sisters Anna and Mary have been approximately camp existence and kin acquaintances within the military and customarily incorporated requests for much-needed foodstuff and garments; letters to Aunt Caroline and her daughter Carrie frequently involved affairs of the guts, for Aunt Caroline persisted to be Dick and Tally's relied on confidante, even if they have been "far, faraway from home."
the worth of those letters lies now not lots within the unique details they supply as within the total photograph they convey--a photo of ways one Southern relations, for larger or for worse, at domestic and on the front--coped with the adventure of conflict. those should not wartime memories, yet wartime letters, written from the camp, the battlefield, the health center mattress, the wooden line--wherever the men occurred to be once they stumbled on time to write down domestic. it's a poignant photo of struggle because it used to be really skilled within the South because the Civil conflict spread out.

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Cash, commanding the Eighth South Carolina Infantry of Bonham's Brigade. 34 Far, Far from Home prisoners. 5 They fled before us like sheep. Their officers confess it to be a total rout on their part. Our regiment was called upon to pursue them but didn't overtake them. They have cleared out for Washington. The citizens in the country say that many of their soldiers and officers have declared that they have fought their last time this side of the Potomac. Yon will see a complete description of the fight in the papers, and I expect more correct than what I write since theirs is from headquarters and mine from camp reports.

Certainly not. I have no hesitation in telling you any thing I know, and with regard to your telling it to a confidential friend, I leave to your judgment entirely, feeling fully confident that you will do nothing but what is right. You heard I was married did you? But not to Miss Anna. Well, I declare, that would be a sad disappointment, and were . . But tell me who it was to, for then perhaps I would not grieve. Although Miss A is improving fast, yet there are some a little prettier than she is.

Next to the city is a marble statue of Henry Clay in complete dress and in the attitude of addressing an assembly. I shook his hand, simply through respect for his name. I wanted to get a carriage ride over the city and see the places of note, but could not conveniently obtain one. The 4th Regiment 4 goes to Manassas Junction this evening at 3 o'clock. Give my best love to all. Remember me kindly to Col Pickens' ladies vied with the men in doing homage to the soldiers of the Palmetto State. Telegrams had been sent on asking of our coming, the hour of our passage through the little towns, and inviting us to stop and enjoy their hospitality and partake of refreshments.

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