Letter from Welch, Spencer Glasglow

Soldier: Welch, Spencer Glasglow
Allegiance: Confederate
Unit/Service Branch: 13th Infantry
Home State: South Carolina
Date Written: Monday, August 8th, 1864
Location: Near Chaffin's Bluff, on James River, Va.
Correspondence Type: Letter
Subjects: Camp Life, Commanders, Comrades, Contraband, Enemy, Negro Soldiers, Slavery, Warfare

The weather for the last few days has been
intensely hot. It is very dry, and I hope we
shall soon have some rain. My health is excellent.
We get plenty of blackberries, and all we
need is plenty of sugar to go with them.
I expect we shall soon go back to Petersburg,
but I am informed that Kershaw's Brigade and
several thousand cavalry have left for the Valley.
This indicates that the seat of war may
soon be around Washington instead of Richmond.
I hope we will not be sent to the Valley
again, for I detest those tedious marches. However,
I am willing to do anything to whip out
the Yankees.

Matters are comparatively quiet at present,
although we hear more or less cannonading
somewhere every day. At this moment I hear
the booming of cannon away down on the James
River. We are so quiet now that we have nothing
to think about but home and our loved

Word was sent from the headquarters of
Wilcox's Brigade to McGowan's that a negro
was captured at Petersburg the day Grant's
mine was sprung (July 30), who claims to belong
to a medical officer of McGowan's Brigade.
On the provost marshal's register is the name
of "William Wilson of New York." He always
claimed that to be his name. I believe it
may be my servant, Wilson. If so, the remarkable
part of it is that he was captured charging
on our breastworks. If I get him, I shall
regard him as something of a curiosity in the

I received more pay on the 5th, and will send
you one or two hundred dollars. I sent Bob
the ten dollars for your catskin shoes. I bought
an excellent pair of pants from the quartermaster
for $12.50. They are made of merino wool.
We shall soon have some fine gray cloth issued
to the brigade for officers' uniforms. There
will not be enough for all, so we will draw lots
for it. If I am lucky enough to get any, I will
send it to you.

I am very anxious to get a long letter from
you giving me all the news. When I can hear
from you regularly and know that you are safe
and well, I feel satisfied.