In late May 1863, private William E. Stoker of the 18th Texas Volunteer Infantry, dressed in a wool grey uniform, was tired of war and wished the “confederacy was toar all to smash and turned bottom up.” Stoker must have been tired after a recent fight he mentioned that took place at Alexdandria, Louisiana and was looking forward to a fight against Federal troops. Although not sure when he would see his wife again, Stoker remained, to his wife Betty, her “affectionate husband untill death.” (By David Gillespie)
William Elisha Stoker to Elizabeth E. Stoker, May 22, 1863, William E. Stoker Papers, National Civil War Museum, Harrisburg, PA.
Stoker, Elizabeth E.
Andrew Hyland, Dickinson College