In early July 1863, Confederate soldier William Stoker, as part of the 18th Texas Infantry, witnessed the fall of Vicksburg and noted that it was “on account of the [lack of] provisions.” Perhaps because of its inevitability, the news held little interest for him, and a majority of the letter centered on concerns about his family. Stoker appealed to his wife Elizabeth for the "best kind of plea" so that the army would grant him a furlough to come home briefly. Seeking more news from the home front, Stoker implored why certain relatives have not written to him. (By Morgan Mintz)
William Elisha Stoker to Elizabeth E. Stoker, July 14, 1863, William E. Stoker Papers, National Civil War Museum, Harrisburg, PA.
Stoker, Elizabeth E.
David Gillespie, Dickinson College