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Mother Writes to Her Confederate Officer Son at Fort Fisher, N.C.

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2 plus pages, 7 1/2 x 9 3/4, in ink, written to Lieutenant Charles W. Broadfoot by his Mother. Comes with cover addressed to Mr. C.W. Broadfoot, Fort Fisher, Confederate St.[ates], Care of Capt. T.D. Haigh. With Fayetteville, N.C. postmark, and partial Confederate postage stamp.

April 12th [1864]

My Dear Son,

I received yours of the 9th today. Your Father knowing I was anxious to hear from you sent it up by a special messenger. I am much obliged to you for telling just how you were. It is always the best plan. I had heard that you had a chill from going in bathing & was afraid it was even worse. I hope the quinine will strengthen your system to assist them & that you will have no more, but if you do you must let me know. I told you in my last that I feared sickness more than the Yankees (having ceased to expect them for the present) & I fear the moral evils of camp life more than either. You have passed through one season of it I have reason to believe unscathed. God grant that you may continue so. I feel doubly anxious for George & can only look to our Heavenly Father to carry him safely through. Advise him all you can in a kindly way. Let me hear all the good you can & withhold not that which may be otherwise for like the bodily sickness I want to know the true statement. I hope to continue proud of all my sons & my daughter too. On Thursday I sent a box with the things you wrote for. I put an extra pillow in for George, but do not know whether I sent any directions or not. I was so hurried I divided the crockery & supposed you would anything else that was dividable. Today I have employed the confection in making some ginger cakes which I hope to send with some biscuits for you both. I have rebottled some of each kind of wine to send. If you get it safely & it is good enough please give some of it to Mr. Hale for me. We have very little in the eating line worth sending. I tried to get some butter but failed. Can send more of what I have sent if you wish it & if I can get anything else will do so. Do you have plenty of bacon, molasses, sugar, etc. The coffee that I got from Lizzie improves by packing it myself. I received a letter from Grandma today. She says when she thinks of the journey she never expects to see us again in this world. I hope the impressions of the journey will wear off by the time she makes a good long visit. I have not been to Mrs. Hyberts & the prospects is bad for my going. Lizzie will not propose it again as she has no horse of her own & I expect to be tied at home for 6 weeks to come for I think the 4 younger children are taking the whooping cough. Frank looked gratified at your message. He is devoted to Miss Mary. William does not like a correspondence all on one side. I will try & persuade Tom to write. Mr. Beal is working again at the arsenal. I have not had speech of his yet. He has sold manure which does not look well for his farming. I wish I had been the purchaser for I am very anxious to buy some. Benny was here this afternoon with a load of wood & wanted to take the sow out. I told him to come by on his way out (he was going down town) & ask his Father to come with him, but he failed to do so. I shall feel right fidgety until he has it in charge & am perfectly willing to send Billy out with it if Benny will come by in the day time. It has just occurred to me having your letter before me that as you did not finish it & George did by saying you had missed your chill that you may have missed it & still been quite sick with fever, so I shall be anxious until I hear again. If you should be right will you say Ma is foolish about me, but what have I to care for or think of more than you all & your welfare. Gen. Holmes has demanded St. Mary’s for a hospital so I suppose Fanny will be home in a few days. Will I ever see the end of this cruel war & things settled & quiet. I hope so. Do write whenever you can. God bless you.

Your affectionate Mother

Very fine newsy Confederate letter with its original envelope.

Captain T.D. Haigh, whom the envelope is addressed in care of was a Confederate Surgeon.

The George that Mrs. Broadfoot is referring to in her letter was George B. Broadfoot, her other son in the Confederate army, and the brother of Charles. George was a 17 year old student when he enlisted on June 19, 1862, and was mustered into the Confederate army as a private in Company A, 5th North Carolina Cavalry. He was transferred out of this regiment on May 4, 1864, and was mustered into Company B, 13th Battalion North Carolina Light Artillery. He was paroled on April 29, 1865 at Greensboro, N.C.

The father of Charles and George Broadfoot was W.G. Broadfoot, a Confederate official in the C.S.A. Depository at Fayetteville, North Carolina.

The recipient of this letter, Charles W. Broadfoot, was an 18 year old student when he enlisted as a private on July 15, 1861, and was mustered into Company H, 1st North Carolina Infantry. He was mustered out of this regiment on November 12, 1861. He then served in Company D, 43rd North Carolina Infantry, and was discharged for promotion on September 7, 1862, being commissioned 1st Lieutenant and Aide-de-Camp, on the staff of General Theophilus H. Holmes. On July 1, 1864, he was commissioned into the Field & Staff of the 1st North Carolina Reserve Infantry, with rank of lieutenant colonel and colonel. His date and method of discharge are unknown.

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