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Creator: Coker, Francis Marion, 1827-1905
Title: Correspondence
Date: 1862 June-1862 Oct.
Description: Letter from: F. M. C[oker], Camp Artillery, near Richmond, to: Wife [Sarah (Sallie) Alice Reid Coker], June 1, 1862. Describes an attack on Federal. His section is not as yet involved, may get into it. Saw his brother, Will, who is fine. He thinks he, himself, may have jaundice, but is better. -- Letter from: F. M. C[oker], Camp Artillery, near Richmond, to: Wife [Sarah (Sallie) Alice Reid Coker], June 3, 1862. Section is ready to fight. General Jason E. Johson wounded. Estimate of killed and wounded. He regrets to hear his children have scarlet fever. Hopes it will be mild. "We have yet 200,000 good troops and blood like water will flow before Richmond is surrendered.". Letter from: F. M. C[oker], Camp Artillery, near Richmond, to: Wife [Sarah (Sallie) Alice Reid Coker], June 4, 1862. Still waiting. Raining--Saw Will again. Describes wounded--says ladies have come to help nurse. Flies are terrible. Her letters are delayed. How are children. Please get some coffee. What to do about the stock at home. Doesn't think the war will last long. News of friends. Says he encloses letter taken from body of dead Yankee, [letter not here]. Letter from: F. M. C[oker], Camp Artillery, near Richmond, to: Wife [Sarah (Sallie) Alice Reid Coker], June 7, 1862. Tells of deaths in Company. He has Jaundice, but is better. Saw brother Will, and he was in the fight. -- Letter from: F. M. C[oker], Camp Artillery, near Richmond, to: Wife [Sarah (Sallie) Alice Reid Coker], June 8, 1862. Got her letters--will send his by people coming home on furlough. Glad children are better--hopes she doesn't take it- (scarlet fever) Wishes he could be there to help her. Don't send money. People in Richmond starving--quotes prices. -- Letter from: F. M. C[oker], Camp Artillery, near Richmond, to: Wife [Sarah (Sallie) Alice Reid Coker], June 13, 1862. Got her letter, is she ill? Has the baby had it yet--she's so young. He wishes he were there--worried about his letters not getting there. He's Still sick but thinks he may be improving. Friends in his company who have been sick are better but many have died. Reports of Army's movements. Is sending some things Home. -- Letter from: F. M. C[oker], Camp Artillery, near Richmond, to: Wife [Sarah (Sallie) Alice Reid Coker], June 15, 1862. Got her letter--sends his by friend. Got letter from Woodson who says she is sick from a cold. Speaks of battle on the Chickahominy. Paragraph about men in Americus who have not enlisted. Sparks Clayton was discharged and will be home in a few days. -- Letter from: F. M. C[oker], Camp Artillery, near Richmond, to: Wife [Sarah (Sallie) Alice Reid Coker], June 16, 1862. Sends this letter by Sparks. He sends her a paper with details of the fight. He has not received any newspapers from her, although she has sent them. His Faith in Foreign intervention has grown weak. -- Letter from: F. M. C[oker], Camp Artillery, near Richmond, to: Wife [Sarah (Sallie) Alice Reid Coker], June 19, 1862. Got her letter--Moralizes on subject of why some people get furloughs and some don't . Hopes that baby is better. Writes about supplies Yankess left when they were forced to retreat from a camp [this letter incomplete]. Letter from: F. M. C[oker], Camp Artillery, near Richmond, to: Wife [Sarah (Sallie) Alice Reid Coker], June 24, 1862. Got her letters--glad the baby had the fever so lightly. Nobody knows how long this War will last. If France & England would recognize the Confederacy the Yankess would succumb. New Englanders want to prolong War--reasons: Slaves and profiteering. Doubts that Foreign intervention will come about--blames Seward for this. South is outnumbered and never did have the manufaturers, if we win it will be a miracle. "But then it must and will be done.". Letter from: F. M. C[oker], to: Wife [Sarah (Sallie) Alice Reid Coker], June 29, 1862. Seven days battle before Richmond. A very interesting running account of the battle, description troop movements, rumors, casualties, prisoners, etc. He received a trunk from her and lists contents. -- Letter from: F. M. C[oker], to: Wife [Sarah (Sallie) Alice Reid Coker], July 3, 1862. Resumes his account of battle, describing the terrain, casualties, movements of troops, prisoners, wounded, etc. -- Letter from: F. M. C[oker], to: Wife [Sarah (Sallie) Alice Reid Coker], July 12, 1862. Received her letters, cannot understand why she doesn't get his. General Lee has cancelled all furloughs. Thinks the battles cost the Federal Government 50 MIllion dollars! Lists the guns, etc.--Captured from Yankees. -- Letter from: C. P. Crawford (In camp), to: Captain F. M. Coker, July 19, 1862. Recommendations for promotions to Sargeants and Corporals. -- Letter from: F. M. C[oker], to: Wife [Sarah (Sallie) Alice Reid Coker], July 20, 1862. Tells of consolidation of Companies B & C, He is Captain. If the men do not want him as captain he will resign for the good of the company and come home to her. -- Letter from: F. M. C[oker], to: Wife [Sarah (Sallie) Alice Reid Coker], July 26, 1862. He resigned and the company had an election and elected Patterson. He was then offered a position on Col. Cutts staff. He cannot decide what to do. Wants to come home, but knows his country needs him and it is his duty to stay--he will decide & write her soon. -- Letter from: F. M. C[oker], (camp near Richmond), to: J. J. Harris, Esq., Americus, Ga., July 31, 1862. Letter dealing with the consolidation of the two companies B and C. Letter from: F. M. C[oker], to: Wife [Sarah (Sallie) Alice Reid Coker], July 31, 1862. Reassures her as to his love and continual faithfulness. Has not yet decided whether to accept Col. Cutts offer of an adjutancy. -- Letter from: F. M. C[oker], to: Wife [Sarah (Sallie) Alice Reid Coker], August 1, 1862. A covering letter for the letter to Harris, which he tells her not to deliver until he tells her to. He encloses the note to him from Crawford and tells her to save it. -- Letter from: F. M. C[oker], (Camp near Richmond), to: Wife [Sarah (Sallie) Alice Reid Coker], August 11, 1862. Family and business matters. He has evidently decided to accept the Adgt. position. Gunboats on the James. "Stonewall" has whipped Pope in the Valley. -- Letter from: F. M. C[oker], (Headquarters Sumter Artillery near Manchester.), to: Wife [Sarah (Sallie) Alice Reid Coker], August 15, 1862. He wants her to come to see him, but can find nowhere for her to stay. Hopes to get a furlough before the winter. Business prices there. -- Letter from: F. M. C[oker], (Camp above Richmond), to: Wife [Sarah (Sallie) Alice Reid Coker], August 20, 1862. On way to join Stonewall. -- Letter from: F. M. C[oker], (Headquarters Sumter Artillery, Camp near Hanover Junction, VA.), to: Wife [Sarah (Sallie) Alice Reid Coker], August 23, 1862. His Batn going to join Jackson. The whole army almost is with him. Pope said to be retreating. He thinks the war might end this winter. -- Letter from: F. M. C[oker], (Frederick City, Maryland), to: Wife [Sarah (Sallie) Alice Reid Coker], September 8, 1862. Describes Battlefield of 29th & 30th. Unburied Yankees. Tells her, her brother is dead, John David Johnson. "He fell nobly, bravely. . -- -- as, nobly as man can die." [attached a blank slip from a Yankee Diary] Says he's on the way to Hagerstown, Maryland. She'll probally not hear for some time.

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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 3, 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.
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Collection Information: America's Turning Point: Documenting the Civil War Experience in Georgia