William Stoker, a Confederate private in General John Walker’s Texas Division, described how his comrades "just dye all the time" because of the horrible Conditions at Camp Nelson in Arkansas. Stoker detailed how the inconsistency of the mail system worried him about his wife and the cost of clothing, which he had to buy because he was insufficiently supplied by the Confederate Army. Stoker ended with longing for his wife Betty and young daughter Priscilla, as he described his dreams. (By David Gillespie)
William Elisha Stoker to Elizabeth E. Stoker, November 4-5, 1862, William E. Stoker Papers, National Civil War Museum, Harrisburg, PA.
Stoker, Elizabeth E.
David Park, Dickinson College