CONFEDERATE CIVIL WAR LETTER-1863 Atlanta after Vicksburg, 6 pages, transcribed
Civilian Confederate Letter
from Atlanta, to mother.
Dated: Atlanta July 9, 1863
Signed: J no E S (or Jms E.S.?)
An Atlanta, GA shopkeeper writes a letter to their mother between customers at the store. Opens with mention of the loss at Vicksburg, and continues writing in a stream of consciousness "written at random without any system" about concerns, family, experiences, business and more. Specifically mentioned are refugees in the city, travel for business and pleasure (AL & southern GA), the Federals, family in Tenn., concerns of effects of the war, relocating the business, family members' health and well-being. Expresses the desire to to send vegetables to parents in Greenville (South Carolina?), but the railroad is down.
This personal letter is unique in that offers a keyhole glimpse into the life of an everyday business owner, trying to maintain life as usual despite the war. There is enough varied information to create something of a story, especially if supplemented with common historical information.
Printed transcription included, with few uncertainties. Punctuation however is approximate, as writer used an informal personal style.
Six legible pages with some age and wear
- Lined blue paper (5"x8") is embossed in upper left corner with framed "London."
- Has been stored flat in protective plastic.
- Pages are hand-numbered.
- Pages 1&2 and 3&4 are loosely connected at left.
- Pages 1-4 are single side; page 6 on verso of 5.
- Some expected wear to page edges, including small chips closed tears, and creasing. (See photos)
- Some spots/smudges, likely from water, and some darkening that might be stains.
- Originally folded in 3rds, some creases are beginning to split.
- Last page (5/6) has the most signs of age and wear, with top crease split nearly halfway across page.
- May exhibit additional minor signs of age or wear.
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