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Creator: Coker, Francis Marion, 1827-1905
Title: Correspondence
Date: 1862 Feb.-1862 May
Description: Letter from: W. B. C. Coker, to: F. M. Coker, Americus, Ga., February 13, 1862. Family & business matters. -- Letter from: A. J. Coker (Camp Davis near Guyton P. O., Ga.), to: F. M. Coker, March 28, 1862. Refusing to ask for a transfer from Infantry to Artillery to be with other brothers. -- Letter from: L. Norvell, Cashier Farmers Bank of Va. (Lynchburg), to: F. M. Coker, Americus, Ga., March 29, 1862. Asking Coker to recommend someone to collect bills for them. -- Letter from: F. M. Coker, (Richmond, Sunday evening), to: Wife, Americus, Ga [Sarah (Sallie) Alice Reid Coker], April 6, 1862. Military affairs, rumors about troop movements. -- Letter from: F. M. Coker, (Richmond, Va.), to: Wife, Americus, Ga [Sarah (Sallie) Alice Reid Coker], April 16, 1862. Describing trip from Louisa Court House to Richmond. Tells of sickness in camp. Names officers in Company B. -- Letter from: F. M. Coker, (Camp Winder, near Richmond), to: J. W. Trylow, Esq. (Furlow?), April 20, 1862. Tells of dividing Company B, into B & C and names officers Complains of weather. Predicts huge battle at Yorktown and then peace. -- Letter from: F. M. Coker, (Camp Winder, near Richmond), to: Wife, Americus, Ga [Sarah (Sallie) Alice Reid Coker], April 22, 1862. Says they are waiting for guns. Lists his Mess and tells a little about camp life. Discusses how to control the children. Business Military. -- Letter from: F. M. Coker, Camp Winder, near Richmond, to: Wife [Sarah (Sallie) Alice Reid Coker], April 27, 1862. Description of cemetery at Richmond. About company elections. Military affairs. Clothes. Sickness in camp. -- Letter from: F. M. C[oker], Camp Winder, near Richmond, to: Wife [Sarah (Sallie) Alice Reid Coker], April 29, 1862. Answering her questions about camp life, clothes, food, etc. Prices of food in Richmond. Hanging of a spy. Federals have Mississippi. -- Letter from: F. M. C[oker], (Camp Lee near Richmond), to: Wife [Sarah (Sallie) Alice Reid Coker], May 5, 1862. Moved 1 mile further from Richmond & went into tents. Camp Winder made hospital. Brother William arrives quite ill. [letter torn]. Letter from: F. M. C[oker], Camp Lee, near Richmond, to: Wife [Sarah (Sallie) Alice Reid Coker], May 14, 1862. Thanking for box; food & liquor situation prices. Guard duty on Yankee prisoners. Illness & death in camp. Optimism on impossibility of South's being conquered. Merrimac. -- Letter from: F. M. C[oker], Camp Lee, near Richmond, to: Wife [Sarah (Sallie) Alice Reid Coker], May 15, 1862. Yankee gunboats up the James. Monitor & Ironclads. Obstructions in channel. Description of situation in Richmond. Description of surrounding countryside. Fire in Richmond, Disease in army. -- Letter from: F. M. C[oker], Camp Lee, near Richmond, to: Wife [Sarah (Sallie) Alice Reid Coker], May 17, 1862 (Saturday morning). In reply to one from her--health of men in camp. Casualties, weather, mail, food. Wants a pistol & some clean collars. -- Letter from: F. M. C[oker], Camp Lee, near Richmond, to: Mrs. Clayton, May 18, 1862. About Sparks Clayton, her son, who has enlisted--has had the mumps, but is nearly well. Expects a big battle soon which will "settle the squabble". Richmond is safe, he thinks. -- Letter from: F. M. C[oker], (Camp Lee, near Richmond), to: Wife, Americus, GA [Sarah (Sallie) Alice Reid Coker], May 20, 1862. He "embraces the opportunity" to send her a letter but he'd rather embrace her! News of friends, health, legal matters about settling an estate. Blames sickness of men on "filthy camp". Predicts a battle. -- Letter from: F. M. C[oker], Camp Lee, near Richmond, to: Wife [Sarah (Sallie) Alice Reid Coker], May 24, 1862. He is well. Fighting has started. They may have to retreat. -- Letter from: F. M. C[oker], (Redoubt No. 4, near Richmond), to: Wife [Sarah (Sallie) Alice Reid Coker], May 26, 1862. Moved 5 miles. Armed & ready to fight. Isn't feeling well. Still sickness among men. Has got a horse. Answers questions in her letters. Tells what he spend $150 on. He gets $100/ month. Expects a battle soon. Hopes God will open the eyes of the North and "let us attend to our own business in our own way". -- Letter from: F. M. C[oker], (Camp Artillery, near Richmond), to: Wife [Sarah (Sallie) Alice Reid Coker], May 31, 1862. He is ill-- received the pistol & collars. Hopes he can get Sparks Clayton discharged soon--hasn't fought yet. Rumors of skirmishing.

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Subjects: Coker, Sarah Alice Reid | Confederate States of America. Army | Fredericksburg, Battle of, Fredericksburg, Va., 1862 | Georgia--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Campaigns | Petersburg Crater, Battle of, Va., 1864 | Richmond (Va.) | Seven Days' Battles, Va., 1862 | Sherman's March to the Sea | Soldiers--Georgia | United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Officers | United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Participation, Foreign | United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865 | Virginia--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Campaigns
Contributors: Hargrett Library
Online Publisher: [Athens, Ga.] : Digital Library of Georgia in association with the Hargrett Library, 2012
Original Material: Box 1 Folder 2, Frances Marion Coker papers. MS 15. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Georgia Libraries.
Rights and Usage: Cite as: Frances Marion Coker papers. MS 15. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Georgia Libraries.
Persistent Link to Item: http://dlg.galileo.usg.edu/harg/turningpoint/id:harg0015-001-002

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Collection Information: America's Turning Point: Documenting the Civil War Experience in Georgia