Confederate lines at Cold Harbor, Va. – Library of Congress
This letter was written on the same day as the letter shared last week. The previous one was sent to W.C.’s mother this letter was sent to his brother, James Penland.
March 23 (on envelope) 1863
Headquarters 65th N C Regt
Zollicoffer Sulivan County East Tenn
Mr James H Penland
I set myself pen in hand to write you a few lines in answer to your kind letter which came to hand sometime ago I have not answered it as soon as I would have but we have moved a good deal lately we are stationed here to guard this bridge I expect that we will stay here for some time my health is very good at the present and in fact all of company is in tolerable good all that were sick are on the mend the last account we had of Arel Henson he was a getting better we are not a getting much for our horses to eat since we come to this place it is a very nice day here today there has been a great deal of rain here lately we are not doing much riding lately but are not a feeding much I would like to be with you and talk with you but I can not do so and I will just rite I have not had a letter from any of you at home in a month I do not know whether you have not written or they have been miss placed I would like to hear from there now Uncle Wm Moores Company is to be here in a few days so I have heard but I do not know whether it is so or not we are a looking for the Yankees to make a rade into this part of the country but I do not know whether they will or not write to me as soon as this comes to hand and give the news in general give my respects to all of my friends and acquantances and especially to all of the family
so no more at present but remains you affectionate brother ever
Wm C Penland
to James H Penland
This letter was especially interesting to me-because it is written to his brother James instead of to his Mother or Father. As in some of the other letters-we can see his longing to hear from home. I’m positive they wrote him often-I’m betting the letters they sent were lost along the way or as he said “miss placed”.
All of W.C.’s letters are written in cursive. Has anyone else noticed-kids today don’t learn to write in cursive? At least they don’t here. In this area-it’s just not required.
Chitter and Chatter never learned to write in cursive. They can sign their names-but that’s about it. In high school they had a teacher who only wrote in cursive. When the students complained to him that they couldn’t read his writing because none of them had ever learned cursive-he said that really wasn’t his problem and he continued to write in cursive on the board and on all the handouts he used. The girls would bring the handouts to me and I’d translate for them.
What jumped out at you from the letter? Do kids in your area learn to write in cursive?