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Letter of Joseph J. Hoyle to Sarah Hoyle, June 4, 1862


Letter of Joseph J. Hoyle to Sarah Hoyle, June 4, 1862


Joseph Hoyle wrote his wife informing her that he had been sick quite often since arriving at camp and that he would not be able to get a furlough. He told her that he had been appointed company comissary. He hoped that God would allow him to return to his wife soon. He recounted how two men lost their pocket books the night before and suspected them to have been stolen. He told Sarah how the measles had made an appearance in his company as well as other sicknesses. He included forty dollars and instructions as to what Sarah should do with it.


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), 55-56.




Rodgers, Keely




Wake County, North Carolina

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Camp Mangum, N.C.
June 4th, 1862

My Dear wife:
I seat myself this morning to drop you a few lines. I am well except a cold. I have had two or three sick brushes since I have been here; and I would have come home last week but I could not get a furlough. The colonel will not give any man a furlough, sick or well. I expect we will leave here before long. I did want o come home before we left, but I reckon there will be no chance. I have been appointed company comissary. This office excuses me from drill and guard duty. The great battle has took place at Richmond, but we have received no news of the final result yet. The last dispatch says our men had the better yet. The slaughter is immense on both sides. May God grant us the victory, and with it, a speedy termination of this cruel war! I still hope the good Lord will permit me to return to the fond association of my dear wife again. Let us trust it all to the Lord, for he will do right. A very sad misfortune occurred in our company last night. Two men lost their pocket-books. One contained about $40; the other only a few dollars. It is thought they were stolen. The measles have made their appearance in our company. Joel Hoyle has had them several days. We have also some other slight sick cases. Enclosed I send you forty dollars, which you may dispose of as follows: 1. keep as much as you want for your own use; 2. Pay mother, if she will take it; 3. lift that note I gave your brother Lemuel; 4. Pay the balance to Berry. Be sure and have him give credit on the note. Write to me soon. As ever, your affectionate husban,

J.J. Hoyle
Mrs. S.A. Hoyle


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Hoyle, Joseph J., Letter of Joseph J. Hoyle to Sarah Hoyle, June 4, 1862, Civil War Era NC, accessed May 27, 2024,