083. Willis Keith to Anna Bell Keith -- May 15, 1863

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    Hd Qrs. 12th Regt. S.C.V., May 15th, 1863 My Dear Mama, I have just received you letter of the 10th. You had not received either of mine, written from the field of battle. I fear that they are lost. Before you receive this, you will see Aunt Mary. She carries to you a letter from me. How lucky that I should have gotten to Richmond just in time to see her. We are back again near our old camping ground. Only a mile from it. I do not know whether they will continue to call this camp Gregg, or will change its name. Jackson's death is a terrible blow to us. It will make the Yankees exult. I believe[End Page 1] that they would prefer that it should be as it is, than that they should have gained the victory, and Jackson still lived. I am sorry to hear that Ella is sick. Give my love to her, and ask her if she received the letter I wrote her a little before the march. Do give my love to Grand Mama, Aunt Sarah, cousin Lucy, and all. Do ask Johny to write to me. I wish that I could follow your advice and take my stand on the side of the Lord. I have thought much about it lately. But I fear that my wishes are not strong enough, and my feelings not earnest enough. How I wish that I could be with you now. But I suppose that it is for the best as it is. Do write soon. Ask the [continued at the top of page two: girls to write too. Your Affectionate, W.][End Page 2]
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    Hd Qrs. 12th Regt. S.C.V., May 15th, 1863 My Dear Mama, I have just received you letter of the 10th. You had not received either of mine, written from the field of battle. I fear that they are lost. Before you receive this, you will see Aunt Mary. She carries to you a letter from me. How lucky that I should have gotten to Richmond just in time to see her. We are back again near our old camping ground. Only a mile from it. I do not know whether they will continue to call this camp Gregg, or will change its name. Jackson's death is a terrible blow to us. It will make the Yankees exult. I believe[End Page 1] that they would prefer that it should be as it is, than that they should have gained the victory, and Jackson still lived. I am sorry to hear that Ella is sick. Give my love to her, and ask her if she received the letter I wrote her a little before the march. Do give my love to Grand Mama, Aunt Sarah, cousin Lucy, and all. Do ask Johny to write to me. I wish that I could follow your advice and take my stand on the side of the Lord. I have thought much about it lately. But I fear that my wishes are not strong enough, and my feelings not earnest enough. How I wish that I could be with you now. But I suppose that it is for the best as it is. Do write soon. Ask the [continued at the top of page two: girls to write too. Your Affectionate, W.][End Page 2]
Title:
083. Willis Keith to Anna Bell Keith -- May 15, 1863
Creator:
Wilkinson and Keith Families
Date:
1863-05-15
Description:
Willis writes from near Camp Gregg on the "terrible blow" of Stonewall Jackson's death, which Keith believes the Union Army will view as better than a battlefield victory; his uncertainty in matters of faith
Collection:
Wilkinson-Keith Family Papers
Contributing Institution:
College of Charleston Libraries
Media Type:
Manuscripts
Personal or Corporate Subject:
Confederate States of America. Army, Jackson, Stonewall, 1824-1863
Topical Subject:
Christianity
Geographic Subject:
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
Shelving Locator:
Mss 0111
S.C. County:
Charleston County (S.C.)
Internet Media Type:
image/jpeg
Digitization Specifications:
600 ppi, 24-bit depth, color, Epson Expression 10000XL scanner, Archival Master is a tiff.
Copyright Status Statement:
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