UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA GAINESVILLE
March 6, 1939
DEPARTMENT OF PUSBLICITY
Miss Henrie May Eddy
My dear Miss Eddy:
Iam pleased to transmit herewith letters brought
in to us by Mrs. 1. L. Giles of Lyons, Georgia, who desires to make the gift of these to the University. In addition to the two letters, there is a Civil War gun which I am making a part of the gift to the University Library as I know of no better place for the gun to go at this time than to you. As I discussed with you in person, it may be that later on that we would want to put the gun somewhere else, but I am sure the Library
is the finest place for the Itters.
WIth kind regards.
Yo a sincerely,
FRANK S WRI GHTI Director of Publicity
enclosures: 2 original letters and 2 copies of Civil W~ar letters written by J. lB. Wright to his wife.
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Richmond, y I6th, 1862.
i'y dear Wife:I am in Richmond to-day. I was very sick e t8-; and fun the Blockade and ome to Richmond. I think in a few days will be harty and sound. I have been most
starved to 4eath. I have got If I can get something
to eat I will get hearty gain. The Company is 20 miles below Richmond. I think they will give back to this place, if not further. Dear wife, I ave seen hard ti es, but I think I shall outlive it all, an come out sfe. Dr.
Edwards & Jerry Wlchan is here. I send you Dr Ed wards one hundred dollars; use it as you think best, for your comfort. Buy such things you and other need; do the best you can. I will come home the first opportunity I had rather see you nd them sweet children than to have ten. thousand dollars. There ever passes an hour but what I think of your lovely faces. Dear, I coul send you some more money if you need it, but I thought I had better keep it and live on it here. My board costs me 3 dollars per day here, and everything is high. I must say to you that I feel finely to-day, and if I can stand up under what I have gone through, there is no danger of dying. I can stand as much as ny man i the Army. Dear, kiss all the
children; kiss little George 20 times a day for me. I hope the day will soon come when I can come home and see them all. Plant heaps of watermelons. I have never
given you the account of the illiame Briggs eight. It was too bad to describe. I can tell you all about it when I come home. I for the first time took the Taylor Guards on the battle field. I was in command. I don't think the first man was scared one bit. We run three miles double quickand formed for battle and all right in
the rain, Formed in line - one battle. Weloher was sick, and the command fell on me. Je will have a heap of fighting to do before we get through. Dear wife, write to me often. Take care of them sweet children. I will return back to the Regiment in the morning. I think I can stand up. Now nothing more, but remain,
Your affectionate husband until death. Farewell.
J B Wright.
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Dear Wife:I onc. more a permit ed to drop you a few lines, that I am in tolerable good health, hoping these few lines find you all well. I have nothing much now to write you.
Since I wrote you before Mr. Jinks is here, and is going to start home in a few days. The two armies is here close
together, and waiting for a blow to be struck. I, for my
part, am willing to have no more fighting too. Times is rather warm for running in such a fight as the 31 of ay. I can't tell you half of the feelings a man can have when he sees the dead men lying around him, lyi cross ..an....
to hear the holloing nd groans of wounded men. How natural it is for a m n to hollow when a bullet hit him. If I ever live to come home I can give you a full description of the fight. I was a witness to the hottest one. Dear ife, I have nothing much to write. e Company is most all sick. It appears that they will all die. There has
died 20 out of one of our companies. Williams and
several others die with the fever. I am afraid the fever will snatch us down. The water is very bad. Dear Wife,
I have been in very bad-ealh, I hte the idea of resigning andcoming home, but I believe it oul be the best for
me to come ome. I am getting old, a big f ily left for you to scuffle for through life. A man has awrisk to run to
stay ere at all times, but as long as I cn ave any health
I adetermed to stick them out, for I believe I will come out safe. Dear Wife, I wis we give the anks a very good
brushing, and I think wecan whip them every time on land. Some people say the Yanks can't fight. It is a mistake. They ca fight. Dear, 1 should like to be at your table,
to get some good chicken and good butter and milk. When I think what blessing for a man to sit down with his lovely family and dear little children, it is a satisfaction in this world, it grives me, but I live in hopes that I will soon see your lovely faces, and you must kiss all them children, I can't tell which one I want to see the worst.
I want to see them allso bad. Give my love to Mother, and tell her to keep plenty of goo tobacco to smoke, for it is all the satisfaction I have. If I could have gone to Richmond to-day, I could have sent you some money. You must keep a plenty of coffee and meat; you must not none of you suffer for nothing. I will try and codie home in July.
If I can't come, then you ma-ow ihiei is' no chance for me to come. You must write to me often; it is a great satisfaction to me to hear from you. I wish I could hear from you every day. Give my respects to William and Eliza. I have not got time to write to any one but you. They must all write to mhe. John is close to this place. I have no chance of seeing him. I ill go and see him to-morrow if
nothing happens. Nothing more, but remain
Your most affectionate husband until death, John B. Wright.