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Creator: Coker, Francis Marion, 1827-1905
Title: Correspondence
Date: 1862 Oct.-1862 Dec.
Description: Letter from: F. M. C[oker], (Headquarters, Sumter Artillery, 11 Ga. Batn. near Winchester), to: Wife [Sarah (Sallie) Alice Reid Coker], October 1, 1862. He's been away six months today. In last six weeks he has travelled several hundred miles, fought three or four battles. Wants his clothes sent for winter. Lists them. Speaks of friends in camp. -- Letter from: F. M. C[oker], (Headquarters Sumter Artillery Batn Nineveh, Va.), to: Wife [Sarah (Sallie) Alice Reid Coker], October 5, 1862. A most poetic description of the Fall of the year. Visited a cave near camp. Describes the trip through Maryland and treatment by the people. He refers to Yankees as "the scum of God's whole earth", their four artillery batteries are to be merged into three. Hopes to get a furlough in winter. -- Letter from: F. M. C[oker], (Camp Ninevah, VA.), to: Wife [Sarah (Sallie) Alice Reid Coker], October 13, 1862. Things have been quiet for 2 weeks. He has a good tent, but thousands have none and weather is wet and cold and windy. Talk of Col. Cutts resigning then no telling what will become of the Batn. -- Letter from: F. M. C[oker], Camp Ninevah, VA., to: Wife [Sarah (Sallie) Alice Reid Coker], October 28, 1862. Col. Cutts is determined to resign. Two men were sent to Ga. to buy horses. He had hoped to be one, but wasn't. Doesn't see any chance of coming now. No prospect of a fight. Is sending her some money and a pair of shoes. Cutts resignation will be accepted he believes [letter incomplete]. Letter from: Mat. A. Coker (Americus, Ga), to: F. M. Coker (brother), November 5, 1862. She and their mother went to Marietta to see her uncle who was quite ill. Wants him to tell Furlow* to repay some money they had to get to go. Rest of letters asks for money. *Furlow attends to Coker's business for him--an agent. Letter from: F. M. C[oker], (camp near Culpepper C. H., VA.), to: Wife [Sarah (Sallie) Alice Reid Coker], November 5, 1862. Describes trip down to Culpepper, about ambitions, quotes Napoleon's letter to Josephine, "Pride goeth before a Fall" Wants Mr. Furlow to find and hire a Negro servant for him. Letter from: F. M. C[oker], (Culpepper C. House), to: Wife [Sarah (Sallie) Alice Reid Coker], November 10, 1862. He is well, his clothes are fairly warm, advises her not to buy pork until Christmas, it'll be cheaper then. Why did she shingle her hair, was it falling out? He doubts that he can get furlough. A fight is going on some 8 miles north. -- Letter from: F. M. C[oker], (Culpepper C. H. House, Va.), to: Wife [Sarah (Sallie) Alice Reid Coker], November 10, 1862. The boy who had been cooking for some of them ran away- he has to cook for himself now, but it's better and cleaner than before. It has been snowing and icicles hang from the tent. Think there'll soon be a fight. Candles cost .50¢. Letter from: F. M. C[oker], Culpepper C. H. House, Va., to: Wife [Sarah (Sallie) Alice Reid Coker], November 15, 1862. Instructs her to pay sister Matt what is due her. His clothes very well. -- Letter from: F. M. C[oker], Culpepper C. H. House, Va., to: Wife [Sarah (Sallie) Alice Reid Coker], November 19, 1862. Orders received to march. Letter is on a page ruled for a report. Business affairs. -- Letter from: H. A. MacDonald, to: F. M. C[oker], November 20, 1862. If he comes through Richmond and Petersburg any time soon on furlough to home, please see if he can locate her trunk lost there. The MacDonald's two sons were killed. She hopes the youngest will not have to go to war. -- Letter from: F. M. C[oker], (Camp near Fredericksburg, Va.), to: Wife [Sarah (Sallie) Alice Reid Coker], November 25, 1862. Now encamped four miles south of Fredericksburg. Longstreet's Corps, are here also. The two armies (Yankee & Confederate) are only divided now by the Rappahannock River. His battery is on banks to fire on Gunboats should they come up the river. Soldiers need shoes & clothing. He is sick. -- Letter from: F. M. C[oker], Camp near Fredericksburg, Va., to: Wife [Sarah (Sallie) Alice Reid Coker], December 2, 1862. Eight months have passed since they parted. Have had no fight, and no immediate prospect of any. Desires to be home, of which he dreams, but doesn't think he'll be home this winter. "Would not sacrifice honour or principle or play the hypocrite to leave" and General Lee more strict on furloughs. He is still sick. -- Letter from: F. M. C[oker], Camp near Fredericksburg, Va., to: Wife [Sarah (Sallie) Alice Reid Coker], December 5, 1862. More about sister Matt's note. Pay her. Saw brother Will, he needs everything in the way of clothes. Brother Will is now chaplain of the Regiment. Stonewall's army has come down out of the valley and is 20 miles away. We are in sight of the Yankees across the river. Both sides throwing up breastworks but no signs of an immediate battle. -- Letter from: F. M. C[oker], (Camp near Fredericksburg, Va), to: Wife [Sarah (Sallie) Alice Reid Coker], December 7, 1862. Very cold. Had to melt ink before he could write. His tent mate stays drunk all the time. No one person is in charge of the Battallion. The doctors get liquor for the sick and drink it themselves. Gambling, drinking and other miscondcut is life. Family news. -- Letter from: F. M. C[oker], Camp near Fredericksburg, Va., to: Wife [Sarah (Sallie) Alice Reid Coker], December 8, 1862. Still cold. No news, no prospect of a fight. Coffee all gone. Thinks they might be here all winter. -- Letter from: F. M. C[oker], Camp near Fredericksburg, Va., to: Wife [Sarah (Sallie) Alice Reid Coker], December 11, 1862. Scrap of paper enclosed in letter [62] saying he got her letter and key to trunk. -- Letter from: F. M. C[oker], Camp near Fredericksburg, Va., to: Wife [Sarah (Sallie) Alice Reid Coker], December 11, 1862. Trunk came, but no letter from her, nor key to trunk, [see above NO. 61 ] The enemy has attacked, trying to cross river. Got trunk open and lists contents. Sends message to Mrs. Mac-Donald [see NO. 55] that he will do what he can about the trunk if he ever gets a furlough home. Doubts if he will. -- Letter from: F. M. C[oker], Camp 5 miles West of Fredericksburg, to: Wife [Sarah (Sallie) Alice Reid Coker], December 16, 1862. Refers to Burnside as the "3rd. Napoleon". Description of Confederate and Yankee positions. Account of attack. Confederate replied with artillery fire. Skirmishes. Two attacks on either side of his position. He describes them very graphically. Description of Fredericksburg. Five days fighting. Personal business affairs. -- Letter from: F. M. C[oker], Camp 5 miles West of Fredericksburg, to: Wife [Sarah (Sallie) Alice Reid Coker], December 18, 1862. Quiet and cold. He went to look at the Battlefield-Dead. Breastwork made of human bodies, Fredericksburg a wreck---full of dead Yankees. -- Letter from: S. A. J. C. (wife) [Sarah (Sallie) Alice Reid Coker], (Americus), to: F. M. C[oker], December 28, 1862. Personal and family matters, Christmas at home very dull. She hopes he will be sent to Savannah.

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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 4, 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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