An interesting 1863 letter, 2 pages, 7 3/4 x 7 3/4, written and signed by a William I. Box, most certainly Private William I. Box of Company C, 3rd South Carolina Battalion. Writing from his quarters in Richmond to his wife back home, Box described the inflated prices of food in the Confederate capital before mentioning that a W. Hill was boarding with him there is a William T.Hill also in Company C of the 3rd SC Battalion. Box closed the brief letter with tender words about naming the young son he likely had not seen before. The letter is in good condition with mild toning and foxing. My Dear Wife and Children. I received your kind letter which come to hand in due time and found me well. Margret times is very hard out here. There is nothing sells less than a quarter. Washing is 25 cts a garment and as far [as] the dry goods is concerned they are too high to mention. Well Margret you wanted to know whether there was any person boarding with me that I made. Hill is boarding with me.
We have a room to ourselves and a splendid feather bed to lie in and plenty of nice bed clothes. We can work when we please and play when we please, but we work all the time. We are not bound up at all.
We get plenty to eat. For breakfast we get biscuit and butter, steak, hash, coffee, and egg, bread, and sausages and so on and the same for supper and for dinner we get turnips and pork and chicken stew and turkey and light bread and cornbread and beef and stewed fruit and rice and taters of both sorts. Well Margret you stated in your letter that darling child was sweet but no sweeter than little buddy. He must be sweet if he is as sweet as she is.
Though I have no doubt but what he is a sweet child. I would give anything in the world if I had at to see you and the children.You said something about naming him William Andrew. I of course had rather you would suit yourself in the name as I named Luellar, but I had rather you would give him all of my name being as we are so far apart and so certain of death that I have no objections to Andrew and the reason I give a have is why I want him to have my whole name. I must come to a close. Your true and loving husband until death.
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