078. Willis Keith to Anna Bell Keith -- Mar. 10, 1863

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    Private, Camp Gregg, March 27th, 1863 My Dear Mama, I come to this Sunday evening to hold a little sweet converse with you. How I wish that I could see you. I wrote last week to Grand Mama, and Maria. Did they get the letters? I was very sorry that I could not get over this morning, to hear Mr. Williams hold service. The swamp between our Regts. is too much swelled by the late rains. On Friday, fast day, he held service for the whole Brigade at Genl. McGowan's Hd Qrs. There was a very large congregation, but I did not enjoy it as much as I do the service that he holds for his own Regt. I wish that we had an Episcopal chaplain to our Regt. Our chaplain has not been here since I have gotten back, and I have not seen him. I got a letter from Aunt Mary this morning. She had not received the box when she wrote, but promised to write and let me know when it arrived. I sent the Confederate cloth that I got, to her to keep for me. But I do not know how, or when I shall be able to get it home. We have orders to be in readiness to march, but there has been so much rain, that the roads are impassable, and I should not be surprised, if we were here for a month longer.[End Page 1] I wrote to Johny last week. I wonder if he got my letter. We got no mail today, but I am hoping for one from home tomorrow. I got a letter from Papa day before yesterday. He seems to be very confident about Charleston. Is not Henry Pervey fortunate. Those fellows at home don't know any thing about the hardships of this war. Do give my love to him if he is there still. Do [ask?] him to write to me. Tell him I would to him, but never know where he is. This is the first day of Passion week. How I wish that I was at home to go church with you. And how I wish that I could become what you would wish me. But I am afraid that my desire only springs from the knowledge of how it would please you, and that is not the right motive. But I feel convinced that the Christian is the only really happy man, and that he alone deserves to be so. I feel that it would be a great consolation. An additional bond of union even between us two. Do give my love to [Grand Mama?] and all. Thank Mr. and Mrs. Langston for their kindness, and remember me kindly to them. Ask the girls to write to me. Dr. Prioleau is still away on furlough, and I do not think that he will be back for a long time. Your Affectionate Son, W. [End Page 2] W.W. Keith Asst. Surg. 12th Regt. S.C.V. Mrs. P.T. Keith Anderson C.H. So. Ca.[End Page 3]
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    Private, Camp Gregg, March 27th, 1863 My Dear Mama, I come to this Sunday evening to hold a little sweet converse with you. How I wish that I could see you. I wrote last week to Grand Mama, and Maria. Did they get the letters? I was very sorry that I could not get over this morning, to hear Mr. Williams hold service. The swamp between our Regts. is too much swelled by the late rains. On Friday, fast day, he held service for the whole Brigade at Genl. McGowan's Hd Qrs. There was a very large congregation, but I did not enjoy it as much as I do the service that he holds for his own Regt. I wish that we had an Episcopal chaplain to our Regt. Our chaplain has not been here since I have gotten back, and I have not seen him. I got a letter from Aunt Mary this morning. She had not received the box when she wrote, but promised to write and let me know when it arrived. I sent the Confederate cloth that I got, to her to keep for me. But I do not know how, or when I shall be able to get it home. We have orders to be in readiness to march, but there has been so much rain, that the roads are impassable, and I should not be surprised, if we were here for a month longer.[End Page 1] I wrote to Johny last week. I wonder if he got my letter. We got no mail today, but I am hoping for one from home tomorrow. I got a letter from Papa day before yesterday. He seems to be very confident about Charleston. Is not Henry Pervey fortunate. Those fellows at home don't know any thing about the hardships of this war. Do give my love to him if he is there still. Do [ask?] him to write to me. Tell him I would to him, but never know where he is. This is the first day of Passion week. How I wish that I was at home to go church with you. And how I wish that I could become what you would wish me. But I am afraid that my desire only springs from the knowledge of how it would please you, and that is not the right motive. But I feel convinced that the Christian is the only really happy man, and that he alone deserves to be so. I feel that it would be a great consolation. An additional bond of union even between us two. Do give my love to [Grand Mama?] and all. Thank Mr. and Mrs. Langston for their kindness, and remember me kindly to them. Ask the girls to write to me. Dr. Prioleau is still away on furlough, and I do not think that he will be back for a long time. Your Affectionate Son, W. [End Page 2] W.W. Keith Asst. Surg. 12th Regt. S.C.V. Mrs. P.T. Keith Anderson C.H. So. Ca.[End Page 3]
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    Private, Camp Gregg, March 27th, 1863 My Dear Mama, I come to this Sunday evening to hold a little sweet converse with you. How I wish that I could see you. I wrote last week to Grand Mama, and Maria. Did they get the letters? I was very sorry that I could not get over this morning, to hear Mr. Williams hold service. The swamp between our Regts. is too much swelled by the late rains. On Friday, fast day, he held service for the whole Brigade at Genl. McGowan's Hd Qrs. There was a very large congregation, but I did not enjoy it as much as I do the service that he holds for his own Regt. I wish that we had an Episcopal chaplain to our Regt. Our chaplain has not been here since I have gotten back, and I have not seen him. I got a letter from Aunt Mary this morning. She had not received the box when she wrote, but promised to write and let me know when it arrived. I sent the Confederate cloth that I got, to her to keep for me. But I do not know how, or when I shall be able to get it home. We have orders to be in readiness to march, but there has been so much rain, that the roads are impassable, and I should not be surprised, if we were here for a month longer.[End Page 1] I wrote to Johny last week. I wonder if he got my letter. We got no mail today, but I am hoping for one from home tomorrow. I got a letter from Papa day before yesterday. He seems to be very confident about Charleston. Is not Henry Pervey fortunate. Those fellows at home don't know any thing about the hardships of this war. Do give my love to him if he is there still. Do [ask?] him to write to me. Tell him I would to him, but never know where he is. This is the first day of Passion week. How I wish that I was at home to go church with you. And how I wish that I could become what you would wish me. But I am afraid that my desire only springs from the knowledge of how it would please you, and that is not the right motive. But I feel convinced that the Christian is the only really happy man, and that he alone deserves to be so. I feel that it would be a great consolation. An additional bond of union even between us two. Do give my love to [Grand Mama?] and all. Thank Mr. and Mrs. Langston for their kindness, and remember me kindly to them. Ask the girls to write to me. Dr. Prioleau is still away on furlough, and I do not think that he will be back for a long time. Your Affectionate Son, W. [End Page 2] W.W. Keith Asst. Surg. 12th Regt. S.C.V. Mrs. P.T. Keith Anderson C.H. So. Ca.[End Page 3]
Title:
078. Willis Keith to Anna Bell Keith -- Mar. 10, 1863
Creator:
Wilkinson and Keith Families
Date:
1863-03-10
Description:
Willis writes from Camp Gregg that although the Regiment is to prepare to march, the heavy rain keeps them stationary; that his young male friends at home have little idea of the suffering in the War; Dr. Prioleau remains on furlough.
Collection:
Wilkinson-Keith Family Papers
Contributing Institution:
College of Charleston Libraries
Media Type:
Manuscripts
Personal or Corporate Subject:
Confederate States of America. Army
Topical Subject:
Weather
Geographic Subject:
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
Shelving Locator:
Mss 0111
S.C. County:
Charleston County (S.C.)
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