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South Carolina
"I am very uneasy"
South Carolina

Sergeant J.D. Cooper
Company G
Sixteeth South Carolina

"My South How I Love Thee"
Music by Dayle K.

Tuesday the 20th 1863

Dear Husband

I now embrace the far sent opportunity of writing to you to inform you that I am tolerable well at present tm. Hopeing this may find you enjoying the best of health. I received two letters from you on Sunday evening last I was very happy to hear you was well but sorry that you had to go back to Wilmington, N.C. Hope that there will be no fighting to do there and that you may return to your old camps soon. But if it is the lord will for you to be in a battle I do hope and trust that he will protect you from all harm and danger. I was sorry to learn that you had not received my last letters. But I hope you have before now. I shall look for an answer to one of them tomorrow morning. I want to hear from you again very bad. I am very uneasy about you. For I am afraid that if you have not been in a battle you will be before long but I hope and trust you will come out safe and that you may be spared to get home safe.

M.B. Cooper

J.D Cooper and the men of the Sixteenth were in good spirits in the spring of 1863. There were some minor set backs, pinpricks in Charleston, New Orleans, and along the coast of North Carolina but all was well with the new republic.

God is wise in that he does not grant us the ability to see the future. Gist’s Brigade had moved from the defense of Charleston Harbor to the defense of the North Carolina coast. The future was still bright. No person knew of the cities of Vicksburg or Gettysburg. Nobody in the mountains had heard of sleepy Franklin, and ambitious John Bell Hood was the darling of Richmond and Jefferson Davis. Morgan and Forrest had Billy Yank on the run and all was well.

An old drunk named Sam Grant and his buddy “Crazy” Billy Sherman had caused some problems at Shiloh but they could probably be dealt with. What damage could an insane man and a drunk from Ohio possibly do? Perhaps if England would just come to our aid, perhaps if Lee could go on the offensive, perhaps...

To Return to the Letters Index, follow General Gist; to go home, follow the flag.