Towns in the Deep South remained fiercely loyal and supportive of the Confederate Army throughout the Civil War. In this letter, Confederate Pvt. William Elisha Stoker's Texas regiment encountered a group of women from an academy in Louisiana whom, after one gave a speech that supported the soldiers, "presented us a flag". The women also tended to the wounded and "waitted on them like brothers". Stoker also referred again to when he attempted and failed to gain a grant for leave, and described himself as "the worst cut down fellow that you ever saw". (By Shane Harding)
William Elisha Stoker to Elizabeth E. Stoker, January 3, 1864, William E. Stoker Papers, National Civil War Museum, Harrisburg, PA.
Stoker, Elizabeth E.
David Gillespie, Dickinson College