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South Carolina
there has died 11 men since last Sunday….
South Carolina

Emblems of Southern Valor, The Battle Flags of the Confederacy Joseph H. Crute, Jr. Illustrations by Roland N. Stock ISBN# 1-56013-001-6.

"Bonnie Blue Flag"
Music by Dayle K.

Camp Evans, Adams Run
Thursday Evening July 24, 62

My dear Wife and children it is with pleasure that I drop you a few lines which will inform you that I am not well at this time I am lying in my tent but I am not dangerous as yet. but I hope this may reach you in due time and find you all enjoyng the Best of health is my wish. i received your kind letter Tuesday i was sorry to hear of William being sick there is a good deal of sickness here at this time & also a good many Deaths H.Y. Stokes died this morning there has died a 11 men since last Sunday morning & we all be sick & many of us Die if we don't get away from this nasty sickly place & while I am writing the long roll is beat & fall in fall in men is heard from all the Orderlies. The yankees had run up at the Bluff & was firing on our men & out of the 5 companies that is hear there only sent about 50 men all went under command of Captain Monroe. Mary you wrote to me that you could get wheat from Mr. Kilgore. I want want you to get 15 Bushels as it will take that much to do XXXX you XXXX XXXX Mary you need not make me any Coat as I have drawed one. I want you to get my gun at home & keep it thare I want you to be certain and sheer the Sheep & make me two par of pants and have them ready for me weh I want make Janes if you can as they will be much better than just plain cloth. I want you to pay Polly that $10 that I owe her as soon as you get the money changed. So you can do no more at this time only remains your loveing husband till death.

There was no bullet as deadly as illness in the War Between the States and there was no time when it was worse than when the men first gathered together in large camps. Measles, Mumps, Typhoid, and a host of other killers, including the dread tropical killers of the coast claimed the boys by the thousands. William is Newton's son, William Eugene McKinney, and Captain Monroe is the commander of E Company. Monroe will be one of four officers captured at Graysville in the retreat from Missionary Ridge. H.Y. Stokes is Private Henry Stokes of Company B, 16th South Carolina. He is listed as having died of illness at Adams Run on 7/25/62. His brother who served in both B and I Company, Coleman M. Stokes, will die in September on the 24th of Brain fever (Broken Fortunes). Henry's name appears on no roster, outside of the rolls of the dead. Of the four enlisted men mentioned in this letter, three of them Lyons, Stokes and the author will be dead before Franklin. The other Corporal G.W. Thackston will be present at the surrender. Janes is a reference to jeans a strong material often used in the making of uniforms and work clothing. The bluff is Simmon's Bluff and the reports of both sides are available from the Main Menu.

Friday Moring the 25 Dear family
I am still poorly I am no better this morning but I hope you are all well so I must close for this time remaining your affectionate & loveing husband till death N.A. Mckiney A few lines to Mary Mckiney to Aunt Ellen
Dear Aunt I now drop you a few lines which will infrom you that I am not well but I hope this may find you well. I haven't anything to write that would interest you. They is a great deal of sickness here & also a good many deaths we have not heard from our men at the bluff this morning. Dave and Andy both got letters from Tom and Thornton & was both well & they want to come to our company. Jack and Silus was well as John come down he saw Jack (?) in Charleston so no more for this time. Write every chance yours as ever N. Mckiney to Aunt Ellen

This section of the letter is addressed to an aunt, Ellen Mckinney. None of the men mentioned have been identified. However, in the early months of the war much visiting took place both to the coast and by the men in the units. One of the most profound changes brought on by the war was this broadening of horizons by travel.

Newton Mckiney to John Doyle
Dear Father I now drop you a few lines to inform you that I am not well. I am lying in my tent not able for duty But I hope this may find you well and all the rest. Thier is a good deal of sickness & a good many deaths. Tell Mary that I haven't me a hat and I have sent it by G.W. Lyon to G.W. Thackstons tell her to go & get it for Jack. I have nothing to write that would interest you. I want you all to write to me & give my best love and respect ot all inquring friends & connection so I must close yours as ever
N.A. Mckiney to John Doyle

Corporal George W. Lyons of Company I will die at Dalton, Georgia. G.W. Thackston of Company A will survive the war and be present at the surrender of the 16th. John Doyle is the father in law of Newton Mckiney; once again we see the dependence of the soldier on the home front to provide his needs.

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