Battlefield losses had a major effect on the Confederacy by 1863. In this letter, Confederate Pvt. William Elisha Stoker highlighted the manner in which the Confederate Army held onto its troops during the Civil War. Stoker held hope that his application for a brief stint at home with his family would "come back all right" and referred to his superiors as "very harrd hatted fellow[s]" should they reject it. He badly wanted to return home and even considered desertion, and added "but I want that to be my last chance". He also referred to his regiment's participation in the Battle of Bayou Bourbeau where he "came out unhurt onley run to deth nearley". (By Shane Harding)
William Elisha Stoker to Elizabeth E. Stoker, December 15, 1863
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