From P M Buford- Co “G” 11th Miss Regt
Mrs Ann. A. Luckie
Camp near Winchester
I will send you a note by Rufus- he can tell you any thing you want to know- I am well and doing as well as could be expected living on beef & bread and not enough salt to season it-
Just came in two days ago, much sooner than I expected- You have no idea how glad I was to receive those letters + clothing- I had just got a pair of pants from Tubby about two weeks ago. I was nearly naked-
I reckon you will all be surprised to see Rufus as well as glad but alas- the aw ful news of Walters + Esoms death- I fell sorrow for Uncle Newtons family- but the sad calamity that befel them was the will of an overruling providence and we ought to fell thank ful to him for having spared the lives of so many in the vareid and bloody conflicts
than we have in which we have been engaged-
There does seem to be any prospect of another fight soon- + I do hope there will not be for I am heartily tired those human slaughter pens called battles-
…for I am heartily tired of those human slaughter pens called battles
I would like for you to send the other clothing you mentioned the first opportunity- + if you can do so send me a pr of Gloves.
I will close with this- should Rufus get home he can tell you all particulars- Tell
the old man I will write him soon. Give my love to all the family and receive a portion for yourself- I remain as ever your devoted son. P M Buford
- A History of Company G, Eleventh Mississippi Regiment, C.S.A. documents information about comrades mentioned in this letter by Parham.
- Rufus A. Shaw, Parham’s cousin returning home to recover from wounds hand delivered this letter to Parham’s mother, present at Boonsborough, Sharpsburg, where he was severely wounded and brought back to Shepherdstown, Va. He was retired July, 1864 by reason of wound through left lung. Parham described the wound in a previous letter as being a ball which entered the left shoulder and came lodged just under the skin and under the shoulder blade. Although eventually retiring almost two years later, Rufus is not cited as having served in any battles following Sharpsburg.
- Walter S. Buford, Parham’s cousin, present at Second Manassas, where on the second day he was mortally wounded, August 30, 1862; was taken to the hospital, where he died on the 15th of September. […as gallant a soldier as ever stood before an enemy. The record the Company shows that he was present at every battle in which the Company was engaged until he was mortally wounded. Such records made the imperishable names of Lee and Jackson. Our independence would have been assured could we have recruited our army with such material. We would have been invincible. – A COMRAD.]
- Esom B. Dooley, enlisted…16 years of age…He was present at battles, to-wit: Two days at Seven Pines, Gaines’s Farm, White Oak Swamp, Malvern Hill, Freeman’s Ford, Thoroughfare Gap, and Second Manassas, where he was morally wounded and died at Gainesville, Va., September, 1862. […a mere youth, modest and gentle as a girl, but every inch a soldier who neglected no duties and always ready to obey orders.]
- Uncle Newton is Walter’s father who is reported in the previous letter of traveling to Virginia to be with his son. Did Uncle Newton arrive in time to be with Walter before he died?
- Did Esom’s remains return to Mississippi from Northern Virginia for burial in College Hill? Did families of fallen soldiers place markers over empty graves to remember the sons and fathers who never returned home?
- The phrase the old man in reference to Parham’s step-father is again seen scratched-out in this letter. Who in my ancestry was offended by the term and marked it out? Was it Parham’s mother, his sister, my great grandmother, or my grandmother whom I received these letters from?
- Parham again references the will of an overruling providence and the significance of remaining thankful to Him in spite of life’s circumstances. Does this point to a cultural view of God and man held during the mid-19th century or to a personal belief held by Parham and his family?