One of my patrons brought a the letter of her grandfather, Joseph Davis, a private in the 4th NC regiment and a resident of Black Creek in Wilson County for me to digitize recently. The letter is dated November 13, 1861 and he is stationed at Manassas Junction, VA guarding the depot that the Confederates had won after the first battle of Manassas in July. The letter speaks of the universal longings of any soldier, food and family.
Pvt. Davis was later wounded captured at the battle of Antietam and was soon paroled and worked as a nurse at the Wilson Confederate Hospital.