Two letters, 22 August 1862 and 7 April 1863, added to the South Caroliniana Library’s holdings of Dalton family papers further document the ordeals of this Greenville District, S.C., family during the Civil War.
The earlier letter, written from Hanover Junction, Va., by W.M. Dalton, a private in Co. I, 3rd South Carolina Infantry, is addressed to his father, S[mallwood] Dalton, Grove Station, Greenville District, and comments on poor crop conditions at home and in Virginia and notes that Confederate troops were being sent to Petersburg “to meat the yankees and I expect we will have big fite.” Union forces, he reports, had withdrawn from Malvern Hill. Amos Dalton, a brother, is mentioned several times in the letter, and the writer speculates about his brother’s ill health.
Neither Dalton brother survived the war. W.M. died of pneumonia at Grove Hospital, Richmond, Va., on 5 January 1863, and Amos was a prisoner of war casualty the following year. The 7 April 1863 letter, from C. Witsell, Assistant Surgeon, 1st Division, Richmond, Va., concerns the return of personal effects of W.M. Dalton.