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Creator: Coker, Francis Marion, 1827-1905
Title: Correspondence
Date: 1865
Description: Letter from: F. M. C[oker], (Petersburg), to: S. C. [Sarah (Sallie) Alice Reid Coker], February 1, 1865. Back "home". Give detailed description of trip from Americus. February 2--Everything quiet in Petersburg--flags of truce nearly daily. Stephens, Hunter and Campbell passed through lines on way to "City of villainie and corruption to have a talk with King Abraham." Talks of family matters. -- Letter from: F. M. C[oker], Petersburg, to: S. C. [Sarah (Sallie) Alice Reid Coker], February 5, 1865. Nothing to do--hopes for an early peace. Family matters. -- Letter from: A. L. Cutts, (Americus), to: F. M. C[oker], February 8, 1865. Tells of trip to Americus and other general news. -- Letter from: S. C. [Sarah (Sallie) Alice Reid Coker], (Americus), to: F. M. C[oker], February 9, 1865. Family matters. Letter from: F. M. C[oker], (Petersburg), to: S. C. [Sarah (Sallie) Alice Reid Coker], February 14, 1865. Very cold--he loves climate of Virginia though. Wants her to buy "blackings" for $10, send to him because he can sell it for $20. Coffee is $40 and sugar $15 to $20; flour $5 a pound and cornmeal $1.25. This letter is her valentine--Ten years ago he wrote her his first "ebullition of love". -- Letter from: S. C. [Sarah (Sallie) Alice Reid Coker], (Americus), to: F. M. C[oker], February 15, 1865. Doubts that he'll receive letter because of communication conditions. Quite cold and her heart aches for their soldiers exposed to such weather. General family matters. -- Letter from: F. M. C[oker], (Petersburg), to: S. C. [Sarah (Sallie) Alice Reid Coker], February 15, 1865. Sent her and "examiner" containing details of the Peace talks "as given by Mass Abe and his vice parent [?] the Devil--alias William H. Seward. Other general news. -- Letter from: F. M. C[oker], (Petersburg), to: S. C. [Sarah (Sallie) Alice Reid Coker], February 17, 1865. Looks as though they will have Negro troops. General news. Letter from: S. C. [Sarah (Sallie) Alice Reid Coker], (Americus) , to: F. M. C[oker], February 18, 1865. Family news. Brown homespun selling for $10 a yard. Col. Cutts very sick at home--won't return to Virginia for 2 or 3 months, if at all. -- Letter from: F. M. C[oker], (Petersburg), to: S. C. [Sarah (Sallie) Alice Reid Coker], February 18, 1865. Much depressed as Yanks have captured Columbia S. C. He is speculating and says he hates to even in "this little way, but we must live." Quotes prices there. Encloses a $4 treasury note of Virginia issued during Revolution. Sherman seems to march unresisted. -- Letter from: F. M. C[oker] (Petersburg), to: S. C. [Sarah (Sallie) Alice Reid Coker], February 19. General news. Letter from: F. M. C[oker] (Petersburg), to: S. C. [Sarah (Sallie) Alice Reid Coker], February 23, 1865. Getting no mail from the south and sending none. Beauregard must fall back from Sherman. Petersburg will no doubt be evacuated. Tells her what she must do if something happens to him. -- Letter from: S. C. [Sarah (Sallie) Alice Reid Coker], to: F. M. C[oker], February 21, 1865. Papers full of war speeches and resolutions. She tires of editos who would have everybody else fight. Col. Cutts still very sick. Family and business news. -- Letter from: S. C. [Sarah (Sallie) Alice Reid Coker], (Americus), to: F. M. C[oker], February 23, 1865. Prices of corn $15 a bushel, flour $2 a pound. Can get a pair of shoes made for $35. Family news--Charleston captured. -- Letter from: F. M. C[oker], (Petersburg), to: S. C. [Sarah (Sallie) Alice Reid Coker], February 25, 1865. Awaiting evacuation of the city. Cotton and tobacco are piled in field awaiting torch, hospitals are cleared and trains have been ordered in. General news. -- Letter from: Susan Marshall, [at home], to: S. C. [Sarah (Sallie) Alice Reid Coker], February 25, 1865. She is sending some wool to have a cape made, gives instructions. -- Letter from: F. M. C[oker], to: S. C. [Sarah (Sallie) Alice Reid Coker], March 2, 1865. Petersburg still not evacuated. Communications have been cut off by Sherman. Sending a letter by friend. -- Letter from: F. M. C[oker], (Petersburg), to: S. C. [Sarah (Sallie) Alice Reid Coker], March 3, 1865. Congress killed the Negro bill and forces continually diminish. Tomorrow Abe Lincoln inaugurated for 2nd term. -- Letter from: F. M. C[oker], Petersburg, to: S. C. [Sarah (Sallie) Alice Reid Coker], March 6, 1865. General news--tells of rumours of War. They have no authenic news as papers publish nothing. -- Letter from: A. L. Cutts, (Americus), to: F. M. C[oker], March 17, 1864. He has been very ill. General news. -- Letter from: F. M. C[oker], to: S. C. [Sarah (Sallie) Alice Reid Coker], March 17, 1865. Glad to hear that Sherman is coming from Georgia rather than towards her. Other general news. -- Letter from: S. C. [Sarah (Sallie) Alice Reid Coker], to: F. M. C[oker], March 18, 1865. Men once afain can go through with letters. News of family and friends. -- Letter from: F. M. C[oker], to: S. C. [Sarah (Sallie) Alice Reid Coker], March 21, 1865. Have been expecting fight daily. Cheered over news that Johnston drove Sherman back. Reviews business details he's written in other letters that he fears she hasn't received. Says they still have good clothes and food.

America's Turning Point: Documenting the Civil War Experience in Georgia received support from a Digitizing Historical Records grant awarded to the Atlanta History Center, Georgia Historical Society, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, and the Digital Library of Georgia by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

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 10, 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:harg0015-001-010

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