4 pages, 7 1/4 x 9 1/2, in ink, written to Lieutenant Colonel Charles W. Broadfoot by his Mother.
My Dear Son,
Your letters by Uncle G were recíd & glad we were to hear from you. I ought to have sent letters to Raleigh to go by Uncle G, but did not think much that he would be at [?] May is still confined & has been rather pitiful the last week, but the weather is so very warm it is enough to make older ones fret. She is a great pet among the children of the neighborhood & had a great many visitors last week. She attended a party at Mrs. Worthís which she enjoyed much. We were all glad to hear from Col. A. You must remember us to him when you write. I will deliver the message to H. I should judge from indications that she would be married shortly. John has left. Uncle L has returned. He was treated very kindly while away & that is what all our people say that go on. Aunt E. is a little sick. Her cook is sick also & the girls are very smart about the work. I very seldom see the town papers. If I could, would send it to you, for I expect you would like its tone. Gen. H. came down about 10 days ago & he is talking of renting the Strange place. (Myrtle Hill). He told me to say to you that he had 2 horses at Tomís Hill which you could ride when you feel like coming down & says to tell you for him to study law hard, get a license, & then go out to Arkansas. By that time things will be settled. At present they are in a bad state. Mrs. Jordan has lost everything. I think it was her that put the torch to her own cotton. Mr. Wright has lost nothing. The Gen. sent me some green tomatoes which I have been pickling & hope they will keep better than my onions did. Will Baker looks very well, but has not gained his strength yet. James expects to be married early in October. George has written to you. I donít suppose he could give you a decided answer now, but have no doubt that if he speaks of selling his home he is now trying to see if it is profitable to keep one he has here. He hauls a load nearly every day & sells some. The pea vines have been partly cut & if it does not rain tonight will be hauled in tomorrow. They turned out remarkably well. The corn is tolerable. We are now eating some new corn meal out of the field. I have not been able to keep up feeding the cows so they do not do so well, but we sell from 2 to 3 lbs of butter a week at 50 cts. a lb. [that] Grandma churns. Mr. Hooper has concluded to remain here this winter. He could not get accommodations for his family when he thought of going. Do you ever hear from your friends in the 43rd Regt. It was in Halifax Cty. When Mr. H. had a good situation offered him that brought your old friends to my mind. Are they not in that part of the state. I wish George had a good situation. He earns a living at home & somehow or other we all make out right comfortably. I have no doubt but the bank will pay your Father something, but the last yr. ended all that pay that he knew of certainly. He has something to do every day & goes down every morning. He has been suffering with a sore leg but it is now nearly well. Did I write you word about getting flannel shirts for yourself. You must have them when cold weather comes on. Some of my blackberry vines that I have bottled turns out first rate. I only made 3 gal. of grape wine of the purple grape. Scuppernongs** are very cheap & I know you will be disappointed at my not making any but it is such an undertaking & sugar is scarce. The purple grape skins poisoned my hands. The pigs are pretty well gone. Sophy Williams is spending some days with me. She has been poorly all summer & I want to see if I canít [?] her up here. Walter H. is still alive & still refusing to eat. Our merchants do not seem to find any difficulty in getting goods. So many goods are arriving that the wonder is where are the purchasers to come from. I am glad to be able to say that my wants in the dry goods line are few. May has amused herself for hours today with a doll that has been given to her. She sometimes fixes out my work box. She has insisted on having a spelling book & if the boys will learn her Iím no doubt she will learn fast. She could soon be of assistance to me if she could walk & I trust she will yet be able to do so. Isnít it in Oct. that your term will expire. I am so glad that Ga. & Epps are doing so well & have no doubt that the Gen. thus far turns proud for their good. We have not heard from Selma yet. Grandma keeps up astonishingly. You would think she was a Union woman until she hears of some of the Yankees doings & then she lets out. God bless you.
Your aff.[ectionate] Mother
Very newsy, interesting letter.
**A variety of grape that is found in the basin of the Scuppernong River in North Carolina. Wine was made from these grapes.
The recipient, 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.