Confederate Private William E. Stoker expressed his feelings to his wife Betty about the possibility of an upcoming battle and pined for the “abominable war” to be over. When he discussed the prospects of his first fight, he explained to Betty that a soldier stood ten chances to one to be killed. This deadly subject was nestled among domestic questions of how the hogs were doing at home. Also, as seen at the end of this letter, Stoker was a budding poet. (By David Gillespie)
William Elisha Stoker to Elizabeth E. Stoker, October 3, 1862, William E. Stoker Papers, National Civil War Museum, Harrisburg, PA.
Stoker, Elizabeth E.
David Gillespie, Dickinson College