099. Kate Ferguson to F.R. Barker -- January 11th (ca. 1864)

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    [Okolona?] Jan 11th Dear God Mother If I don't write to you more often, it is because I have so many to correspond with, and, not because I never think of you, for. You may be sure that I have thought of, and remember, your many kindnesses to me. Ferguson's command is now resting from his last terrible raid. If you had known of his being out in the cold and not of the last very bad weather we have had; I am sure, some of your good prayers would have gone [End Page 1] up to Heaven for him and his brave men- He is just writing to Mother, and will give all the news about himself far better than his "cracked strained," little wife can do, don't you think, so? I wrote to Fannie several days ago. Also sent her a few lines yesterday, - Capt Nugent and William Barker have not yet returned from Deer Creek. I am glad the latter went, for I always wanted some of Ferguson's relations to meet Father and the boys I try very hard to let you all know, constantly, what Ferguson is doing so if my [End Page 2] letters are not as interesting as they might be, make every allowance as I am but a poor correspondent, about important things as most of young girls generally are. Capt Field's wife has a little daughter, two or three weeks old only- they think of naming her after Stephen Lee, calling her 'Alice Lee Field' Pretty, is it not? Why can't Mother, and yourself manage Tom, between you two, he ought most certainly be kept in better order, so his wound may get well. I write to him very often, but don't get [End Page 3] many answers- tell him to write, Mrs. Singleton still writes very often to Ferguson- but never mentions me, and seldom any of the family- Helen Alston wrote to me some little time since, quite an agreeable letter too. Fannie's last, was very pleasant, gave me quite a solid description of how they were spending Christmas but left out one very important thing, did not say what Helen wore, to the Moultrie's or what she was going to wear to the Walley's, Best love to all and with much from us both, yours Kate L. F. [End Page 4]
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    [Okolona?] Jan 11th Dear God Mother If I don't write to you more often, it is because I have so many to correspond with, and, not because I never think of you, for. You may be sure that I have thought of, and remember, your many kindnesses to me. Ferguson's command is now resting from his last terrible raid. If you had known of his being out in the cold and not of the last very bad weather we have had; I am sure, some of your good prayers would have gone [End Page 1] up to Heaven for him and his brave men- He is just writing to Mother, and will give all the news about himself far better than his "cracked strained," little wife can do, don't you think, so? I wrote to Fannie several days ago. Also sent her a few lines yesterday, - Capt Nugent and William Barker have not yet returned from Deer Creek. I am glad the latter went, for I always wanted some of Ferguson's relations to meet Father and the boys I try very hard to let you all know, constantly, what Ferguson is doing so if my [End Page 2] letters are not as interesting as they might be, make every allowance as I am but a poor correspondent, about important things as most of young girls generally are. Capt Field's wife has a little daughter, two or three weeks old only- they think of naming her after Stephen Lee, calling her 'Alice Lee Field' Pretty, is it not? Why can't Mother, and yourself manage Tom, between you two, he ought most certainly be kept in better order, so his wound may get well. I write to him very often, but don't get [End Page 3] many answers- tell him to write, Mrs. Singleton still writes very often to Ferguson- but never mentions me, and seldom any of the family- Helen Alston wrote to me some little time since, quite an agreeable letter too. Fannie's last, was very pleasant, gave me quite a solid description of how they were spending Christmas but left out one very important thing, did not say what Helen wore, to the Moultrie's or what she was going to wear to the Walley's, Best love to all and with much from us both, yours Kate L. F. [End Page 4]
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    [Okolona?] Jan 11th Dear God Mother If I don't write to you more often, it is because I have so many to correspond with, and, not because I never think of you, for. You may be sure that I have thought of, and remember, your many kindnesses to me. Ferguson's command is now resting from his last terrible raid. If you had known of his being out in the cold and not of the last very bad weather we have had; I am sure, some of your good prayers would have gone [End Page 1] up to Heaven for him and his brave men- He is just writing to Mother, and will give all the news about himself far better than his "cracked strained," little wife can do, don't you think, so? I wrote to Fannie several days ago. Also sent her a few lines yesterday, - Capt Nugent and William Barker have not yet returned from Deer Creek. I am glad the latter went, for I always wanted some of Ferguson's relations to meet Father and the boys I try very hard to let you all know, constantly, what Ferguson is doing so if my [End Page 2] letters are not as interesting as they might be, make every allowance as I am but a poor correspondent, about important things as most of young girls generally are. Capt Field's wife has a little daughter, two or three weeks old only- they think of naming her after Stephen Lee, calling her 'Alice Lee Field' Pretty, is it not? Why can't Mother, and yourself manage Tom, between you two, he ought most certainly be kept in better order, so his wound may get well. I write to him very often, but don't get [End Page 3] many answers- tell him to write, Mrs. Singleton still writes very often to Ferguson- but never mentions me, and seldom any of the family- Helen Alston wrote to me some little time since, quite an agreeable letter too. Fannie's last, was very pleasant, gave me quite a solid description of how they were spending Christmas but left out one very important thing, did not say what Helen wore, to the Moultrie's or what she was going to wear to the Walley's, Best love to all and with much from us both, yours Kate L. F. [End Page 4]
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    [Okolona?] Jan 11th Dear God Mother If I don't write to you more often, it is because I have so many to correspond with, and, not because I never think of you, for. You may be sure that I have thought of, and remember, your many kindnesses to me. Ferguson's command is now resting from his last terrible raid. If you had known of his being out in the cold and not of the last very bad weather we have had; I am sure, some of your good prayers would have gone [End Page 1] up to Heaven for him and his brave men- He is just writing to Mother, and will give all the news about himself far better than his "cracked strained," little wife can do, don't you think, so? I wrote to Fannie several days ago. Also sent her a few lines yesterday, - Capt Nugent and William Barker have not yet returned from Deer Creek. I am glad the latter went, for I always wanted some of Ferguson's relations to meet Father and the boys I try very hard to let you all know, constantly, what Ferguson is doing so if my [End Page 2] letters are not as interesting as they might be, make every allowance as I am but a poor correspondent, about important things as most of young girls generally are. Capt Field's wife has a little daughter, two or three weeks old only- they think of naming her after Stephen Lee, calling her 'Alice Lee Field' Pretty, is it not? Why can't Mother, and yourself manage Tom, between you two, he ought most certainly be kept in better order, so his wound may get well. I write to him very often, but don't get [End Page 3] many answers- tell him to write, Mrs. Singleton still writes very often to Ferguson- but never mentions me, and seldom any of the family- Helen Alston wrote to me some little time since, quite an agreeable letter too. Fannie's last, was very pleasant, gave me quite a solid description of how they were spending Christmas but left out one very important thing, did not say what Helen wore, to the Moultrie's or what she was going to wear to the Walley's, Best love to all and with much from us both, yours Kate L. F. [End Page 4]
Title:
099. Kate Ferguson to F.R. Barker -- January 11th (ca. 1864)
Creator:
Heyward and Ferguson families, 1806-1923
Date:
1864
Description:
Kate Ferguson, wife of Samuel Wragg Ferguson, writes to her husband's godmother. This undated letter was apparently written after Samuel Ferguson's promotion to brigadier general in the Confederate army. She relates how "Ferguson's command is now resting from his last terrible raid" and that "Capt Nugent and William Barker have not yet returned from Deer Creek." 4p.
Collection:
Heyward and Ferguson Family Papers, 1806-1923
Contributing Institution:
College of Charleston Libraries
Media Type:
Manuscripts
Personal or Corporate Subject:
Ferguson, Samuel Wragg, 1834-1917, Confederate States of America. Army
Geographic Subject:
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
Shelving Locator:
Mss 0092
S.C. County:
Charleston County (S.C.)
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700 ppi, 24-bit depth, color, Epson Expression 10000XL scanner, Archival Master is a tiff.
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