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Soldier in S.C. Militia Gives a Great Summary of Deteriorating Conditions in Charleston, S.C. – “I have but 2 shirts to my name at present, & they are on the eve of dissolution or secession to use the term applicable to the order of the day”
This letter 2 pages in ink is well written and rather humorous. The writer, H. W. Smart, is in the Charleston Home Guard.

Here are some of the great lines:

• “The spring campaign will soon open now I think when we will have to try the Yankees again. For they seem determined not to give it up.”

• “Charleston still holds out against all the combined efforts of the Yankees to take it, although they keep shelling it. There has been some talk in the legislature of disbanding this company I am in. I don’t care much what they do. I wish they would either give us our clothing or break us up.”

• “But they say they can’t get the cloth, but I don’t believe it. As for shirts and drawers, we never get any. But have to commute them for the pitiful sum of nineteen dollars and fifty cents. So you see what chance a soldier has of living besides never getting enough to eat. For eleven dollars a month now won’t buy a man chewing tobacco. I have but two shirts to my name at present, and they are on the eve of dissolution or secession to use the term applicable to the order of the day.”

• “Times are very hard on poor people. In fact I don’t see how they get along. There is a great deal of stealing going on in this city, in fact I believe some are compelled to steal to get along…”.

• “We have already had one riot here…”

Nice condition.

#HC178 - Price $95















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