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7th South Carolina Confederate Letter Written from Camp Bacon in Charleston, S.C. April 27th, 1861 – Great “Local Color” & Descriptions by Captain J. C. Williams & By His Brother H. J. Williams Both of Company G
Offered are actually 2 letters. The longer one written in ink is by Captain J. C. Williams. On the 4th page of this legal size stationery, written in pencil, brother H. J. Williams writes. Being an officer J. C. gives many colorful details. 

• “Our station is beautiful looking place. The shades of the live oak & pines cover the yard almost entirely and its elevation is about ten feet above tide water, and the house that our Company occupies is about fifty yards distant from the water at high tide which occurs at full moon. I see nothing to render our locality unhealthy except the march which extends out to the river, but it is covered with green grass about waist high and the ebbing and rising of tide purifies it.” 

• “Therefore, if our sickness originates from the water we drink which has a salty, brackish taste, though some of the wells is better than others. We have access to several. Dr. Geiger lives about one hundred and fifty yards below us on the same river. He works eighteen hands and raises vegetables entirely. We can get anything in that line very cheap. We can get beef or bacon, just which we please or we can draw part of both. Our bread is chiefly baker’s bread, but we can draw meal rice if we choose. We have parch our coffee, but we have a mill to grind it. For the first few days it came in bags already ground. We cannot eat our rations. We have to throw part of it away.” 

• “Our mess all get along well. Every one being willing to do something, but a great many messes stand back and depend upon one or two to cook all the time… I stated in my letter that I would send my prototype [What we call a CDV] to her whenever I had the opportunity of having it taken, so I got a permit on Tuesday to visit the city and had it taken and sent it by William Wheeler. He said he would carry it to Goodhope and perhaps it will get conveyance from there home. I had two taken. One standing up and in the position of a soldier, and the other sitting down. The one taken standing up, I did not send because my beard looked so grey. The cost of taking them was only twenty-five cents a piece.” 

• “I went down into the city early in morning and stayed there until three o’clock in the evening, which give me time to see a good portion of the city. I went to the wharf from which place I could see Forts Sumter, Moultrie and Castle Pinkney. They look very small at the distance. I reviewed them, but I was very much disappointed. In my view of the city, it lacks a great deal of being handsome. The streets are entirely too narrow and a great portion of them laid with little round rock making it very jolty and rough, and the Drays running over it makes such a fuss that you can hardly hear yourself talk.” 

• “The Governor visited us a few days ago and gave us a little speech concerning volunteers for Virginia. He said that he had no power to send us without the limits of the state of South Carolina as we had volunteered in her service for twelve months. I saw that he would like for the Regiment to go, although he did not express himself fully. The Regiment was called upon on Thursday to see how many would volunteer to go to Virginia, but there were only two Companies that come out, the Brooks’ Greys and Captain Periman’s Company. They then tried how many would come out as an independent Company. Of the Brooks’ Greys, 40 came out. Of Captain Periman’s Company there were about 90 men came out.” 

• “We have learned this evening that Virginia and North Carolina has joined us [SECEDED], and two Regiments from South Carolina is already gone on to their assistance.” 

• “The Baltimorians has town up all the railroads leading to Washington City to prevent the Abolitionists from concentrating their forces there. They have had several skirmishes and turned some of the cars back towards New York that had troops on them going to Washington.” 

• “We will not stay at this place long. The Regiment may yet go on to Virginia. I hope they will for there is no necessity for us staying here. About half of our Company is very anxious to go, especially the BRIAR PATCH MEN.” 

• “There are a good many complaining today and missing when we go on parade, but they appear to keep their appetites and eat very hearty at meal times. Nearly all of us have bad colds. The weather was quite cold the first week we arrived here, but it is mild enough now. The gnats annoy us more than anything else. We have not suffered for bed clothing for we have plenty of blankets. We are also supplied with candles, soap, wood, etc. The roll is called at daylight, breakfast at seven o’clock, reveille beat in after eight. Manual of Arms after ten, dinner at twelve o’clock, squad drill three o’clock, dress parade 5 o’clock p.m. Tattoo 9 o’clock p.m., the roll is then called and the lights put out and we go to bed. It is near that time now, so I close.” 


On the 4th page H. J’s brother has written a note to his father. He says basically the same as his brother adding that diarrhea “has passed through the whole regiment, but I have not had it yet.”  He continues: 

• “We are three miles from the city, and in about a half mile of the river Ashley, and the tide reaches in fifty yards of the house in which we stay. We get enough to eat but the water is so bad. It is very salty, most disgusted to use but to wash yourself in, action that is to increase your dissatisfaction, and after staying here about two weeks and amplifying the need we have for water.” 

• “I would like to be home and hope that I will not be at the mouth of the cannon.” 


A very colorful letter especially for the Charleston enthusiast. 

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