Even as harsh conditions worsened, Confederate Pvt. William Elisha Stoker sent his family what money he had. Shortages led to very high prices for staple food such as pork, eggs, and salt. Forced to eat only Confederate Army rations, Stoker states “I am nearly ded” and instructs his wife to “plant lots of vegetables” in order to prepare for his return home. Stoker also followed up on the fates of the deserters mentioned in his February 4th letter. Amnesty was offered to any Confederate deserter that turned himself in. The three that did were released and placed back into rotation. (By Shane Harding)
William Elisha Stoker to Elizabeth E. Stoker, February 28, 1863, William E. Stoker Papers, National Civil War Museum, Harrisburg, PA.
Stoker, Elizabeth E.
Andrew Fitzgerald, Dickinson College