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Letter of Joseph J. Hoyle to Sarah Hoyle, February 6, 1864


Letter of Joseph J. Hoyle to Sarah Hoyle, February 6, 1864


Joseph Hoyle wrote to his wife to inform her that he has been doing well. He also expressed concern that the Yankees will attack due to the nice weather they had been experiencing lately. He also told Sarah to continue praying and that it comforts him knowing that she did. At the end of the letter Joseph Hoyle stated that he hadn't received a letter from Sarah in a few days, but he expected one soon.


Hoyle, Joseph J.


Jeffrey M. Girvan, ed., Deliver Us from this Cruel War: The Civil War Letters of Lieutenant Joseph J. Hoyle, 55th North Carolina Infantry (Jefferson, NC: McFarland and Company, 2010), 53-54




Rodgers, Keely




Near Orange Court House, Virginia

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Near Orange C. H. Va.,
Feb 6th, 1864

My Dear wife:
I again have the pleasure of dropping you a few lines informing you that I am well at present and I hope this will find you well. Every thing continues quiet with us. We have some fine weather now, and have drill every day. We are living very comfortable now, and will think ourselves very fortunate if we just get to stay here till spring. I am afraid the yankees will make a move of this fine weather continues. Dear Sarah, as you may expect I feel lonesom sometimes, and oh how I wish I could be with my dear one again. But I know I am not as lonesom as you are, and I do pray the good lord to make your lot as easy as possible. I went out last night, and got down upon my knees and prayed to God for us both, and I felt relived afterward. Dear Sarah I hope you will not fail to pray in secret every day. O how much comfort it gives me to know I have a praying wife. Dear Sarah, if we can not hear each others voice, yet one, God can hear both our voices. "Earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot heal." Dear Sarah I have received no letter from you yet, but I expect to in a few days. Tell my mother I will write to her before long. Give my love to all. I remain as ever, yours in hope and love,
My own Dear wife. Joe.


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