1863 Confederate Letter by Lieutenant Joshua Hammond, 44th Georgia - 12th & 21st Georgia Regiments Join Doles' Brigade

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1863 Confederate Letter by Lieutenant Joshua Hammond, 44th Georgia - 12th & 21st Georgia Regiments Join Doles' Brigade

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Item No. 7647183

An interesting February 1863 letter written by Lieutenant Joshua Hammond of the 44th Georgia which, as part of George Doles’ Brigade of Robert Rodes’ Division, was encamped near Fredericksburg. The typical peace rumors were making their way through the camps, but Hammond wasn’t too sure. He described a good meal he had, discussed the good health of Private Samuel Fullerton and Captain James H. Connally (both men would later be captured May 10, 1863 at Spotsylvania, and Hammond would be wounded, with his left arm disabled). Hammond finished the letter with news that the 1st and 3rd North Carolina had been transferred out of the brigade in exchange for the 12th and 21st Georgia. A large snowball fight of 500 men wraps things up. The letter reads:

Bivouac near Fredericksburg Va Feb 8th 1863

Mrs. Mary A. M. Hammond

Dear Sister in law
I take my pen in hand to write you a few lines and I am happy to say to you that I am in the enjoyment of good health and truly hope these few lines will find you and family in the enjoyment of the best of health and the richest of Heaven’s Blessings.

Mary, I have nothing of interest to write you at this time as all seems to be still and quiet. There are great talk of peace here through camps. It is the opinion of a great many that peace will be made by the last of May or the first of June, but the fact is none of them can tell. Still I am in hopes it will be made by that time or before. I see in the paper a few days ago stated that the yankees were running their troops from Charleston, South Carolina near this place close to Port Royal. Some think that there will be another fight here while others think there will not be any more fighting here.

I will change my subject and say to you that we have just moved yesterday about one mile and a half back from the River from where we were at (being about three miles from the River now). Mary I will say to you that I have just taken Dinner since I begun to write. I had bacon & beef and biscuit & sugar & coffee. A very good Dinner for soldiers and on the 5th of this Inst. I had Oysters for Dinner & a good Drink of Apple Brandy We have had some very disagreeable weather here. A large snow on the 27 and 28th of January and also on the 3rd and 5th of this Inst. It has been very muddy and miry for weeks past Only when the ground was frozen. It is a very pleasant day here now but I can’t tell how long it will continue, as there are quite a difference between the weather here and there. Mollie this is the second letter that I have wrote you since I was at Home & I have Recvd no Answer from you. I think your chance better to write than mine, for you could write of a Sabbath and there are many Sundays that pass that I cannot call my own. Or at least we have as much to do as we do any other day. Tell Little Billy howdy for me & tell him I am a coming to see him after a while I will say to you that Samuel Fullerton is in the enjoyment of good health. Capt. James H. Connally is still sick at Richmond. The Company is in very good health at this time. We have transferred the 1st & 3rd North Carolina Regts for the 12th & 21st Georgia Regts. Our Brigade is now comprised of Georgia Regiment entirely. Mary it is very interesting to a (bye stander) to see four or five hundred men a snowballing at one time & one side get the other to running and then such hollering you never heard as they will have an laughing. The Colonel takes a hand too, with the rest of the men. Mary give my love & respects to all enquiring friends & receive a portion for your self. I must bring my uninteresting letter to a close. You must write soon. Your Well Wisher & True friend as ever,
Lt. Joshua Hammond

To Mrs. Mary A. M. Hammond

The letter was written on all four pages of a stationery sheet measuring 6 1/8” x 7 3/4”. It is in good condition with moderate foxing and toning. Creased where originally folded, which are somewhat delicate with minor separation in places.

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