7 3/4 x 5, in ink, written by William G. Broadfoot, a Confederate Treasury Official, to his son Charles who later in the war would be a Confederate colonel.
Fay.[etteville], [North Carolina], Sep. 14/61
Your Uncle William arrived here today from Rowan where he has been spending some time with his brother George- & will go from Kin.[ston] to Newbern & think this move is on the advice of Bishop A.- whether he will remain there as supposed cannot be determined now. I told him he would have to go armed with carnal as well as spiritual armor and your cousin John is now in Raleigh & is expected here in a day or two- at the first of this week. I did not think it would pass without some decisive blow or move at least- but tis not so- Well we must be patient & endeavor to [be] ready at all points & in every way. God bless my Son.
This letter was written by William Giles Broadfoot, (1806-72), the father of Confederate soldiers Charles W. Broadfoot and George B. Broadfoot, (1844-85) (5th North Carolina Cavalry). The elder Broadfoot was a Confederate official in the C.S.A. Depository at Fayetteville, North Carolina.
The recipient of this note, Charles Wetmore Broadfoot, (1842-1919), was an 18 year old student at the University of North Carolina 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, also known as the "Cumberland Plough Boys," 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, who was his uncle.** 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. After the war, in 1870, Charles was elected to the state legislature. He served as Dean of the Cumberland County Bar, and was elected as a trustee of the University of North Carolina in 1911.
** Frances "Fannie" Rebecca Wetmore Broadfoot (1825-92), was the wife of William G. Broadfoot, and the mother of Charles W. Broadfoot. Fannie's older sister, Laura Jane Wetmore, was married to Confederate General Theophilus H. Holmes.
*This note came out of a small grouping of Broadfoot family letters and documents that I acquired a couple of years ago. It was oftentimes the habit of Mr. Broadfoot to include a note to Charles in the same letter that his mother wrote to him.