Jeff Harvey

Continuing with William Sanders II’s “A New River Heritage, Volume IV, McClain Publishing, 1994, we pick up with a series of letters between Confederate soldier Jamison Bailey and his wife, Polly McComas Bailey. These letters will be done with the original spelling and grammar intact

We pick up with a note from Jamison Bailey to father-in-law James McComas on August 18, 1864.

“Dere father it is [with] great pleasure to let you no that I am well at this time thanks be to God for his infanate merces hoping when these few lines reaches you they may find you all well and doing well also I reciaved youre kind letter witch you rote in Polly’s letter. I was glad to heare from you all I hope you will pray for me that I may thrugh the merces of God be permitted to return home saft and sound I have bin trying to serve my God the best I no how I hope he will remember me in evry trial that I meet with on earth I put all my trust in him for Salvation heare and heare after if I never meet you all on earth I want you to try to meet me in heaven as I have nothing more of intrest to rite I will bring my few lines to a close rite soon nothing more onely remains your affectionate son until death.”

The next letter in the series was to Polly Bailey written from Bruce Town Frederic(k) County, Va. on September 9, 1864.

“Dear wife it is with pleasure that I seat my self this evening to drop a few lines to let you no that I am well at this time thanks to God for his mercieses truly hoping when these few come to hand they may find you and the children all well and doing well I haven’t news of interust to rite at this time to rite I do not no when I do not no when I will get to come home they are giving no furlows here at this time tho I think they will gave furlows after a while as Mr. Tuggle is a going to start home in the morning. I will send you thirty Dollars by him as I have nothing more of interest to rite I will bring my few lines to a close rite soon as you git this letter and let me heare from you nothing more remains yioure affectionate husband until death.”

The next letter in the series is a long one so we’ll stop here for right now.

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