Confederate Private William E. Stoker described many hardships of army life, including his desperate pleas to his commanding officers for a furlough, a pass so he could go home. Stoker ached for a furlough, but was worried that General Theophilus Holmes would “halve [him] shot” for leaving without permission. In addition, Stoker gave insight into the corruption of his local Confederate quartermaster. He also pined for his daughter Priscilla; instructed Betty on how to deal with oxen; and told her to disregard any gossip from any of the wives at home. (By David Gillespie)
William Elisha Stoker to Elizabeth E. Stoker, October 12, 1862, William E. Stoker Papers, National Civil War Museum, Harrisburg, PA.
Stoker, Elizabeth E.
David Gillespie, Dickinson College