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A letter written from John Futch to his wife Martha


A letter written from John Futch to his wife Martha


In this letter from a Confederate soldier to his wife, John Futch places emphasis on the fact that his is very worried about the financial situation of his wife while he is away at war. Futch says that he wishes to come home now worse than he ever has before, and that he intends to come home as soon as he can. This statement suggests that he will soon desert in order to take his earnings to his wife. Earlier in the letter it states that he is too afraid to put money into a letter because those that carry mail open everything. He ends by saying that he feels absolutely uneasy about being away from his family.


John Futch


Futch, John. "A Letter Written from John Futch to His Wife Martha." Letter to Martha Futch. 16 Aug. 1863. MS.


August 16, 1863



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Dear wife,

I recvd a letter from you the 5 of this Inst stating you all was well which I was glad to hear. I can say to you that I am well at to sore feet and cold which I hope theas few lines may com safe to hand and find you all well and harty. Marthy I want to no if you droud any money or nort and if you hant I want you to try to draw if you can. I have rote to you all but I cant get any answer yet etc. Marthy I want to come home the worst I ever did in my life. I am vary uneasy about you. You must do the best you can for your self. I have got some money for you if I cold send it to you but I and afraid to send it in a letter. It is said our letters is broke open and red. It is quite times in camp now. No talk of fighting. Soon give my love and best respects to all of my people and ceep a good portion for yourself etc. We have aplenty of duty to do and drilling etc. Marthy I will try to come home as soon as I can. I wan to now if Jas. R. Anderson has got home yet or not, etc., so I will close by saying I remane your loving husband until death.

John Futch to Mrs. Martha Futch


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