Firing a Civil War Rifle
Civil War Cartridge Production
My VN vet buddy, Hugh, allowed me to copy 30 CSA letters by his relative, young teenager Wesley. Most of the letters were mundane day to day sickness, winter camp, slow pay, asking for clothes, and the comings and goings of folks taking bodies home with KIAs and WIAs (Killed and Wounded in Action). Many letters were delivered by the homeward bound and returning soldiers.
John Wesley is short on paper and ink in this letter to his brother and produces a summary of the whole war with a Texas Ranger battle victory, sickness, slow pay, etc.
John Wesley's letters to family reveal he is frequently sick and often marching days at a time. In these early days of the war, food is not a problem but pay is already late and clothes are wearing out.