Letter, 23-26 Dec. 1861 (Greenville, S.C.) from| Manuscripts Gifts 2006 | Front Page 2006 | Previous Issues | Friends of the Library |
[Caroline Mauldin] to Belton Oscar Mauldin
Letter, 23-26 December 1861, written from Greenville, South Carolina, presumably by Caroline Mauldin to her oldest son Belton Oscar Mauldin, a member of the Hampton Legion in Virginia, describes her family’s Christmas celebration and laments the fact that Belton and his younger brother William Laurence were absent due to their service with the Confederate Army. | Manuscripts Gifts 2006 | Previous Issues | Endowments | Friends of the Library |
Mauldin describes shopping and visiting the “Episcopal Church to see it’s Trimming” on Christmas Eve and having visitors throughout Christmas Day and notes that even though “times are too hard for many presents” she had received two knifes, “one pretty pen knife and one silver one.” While inquiring how Belton spent his Christmas in camp in Virginia she passes on a humorous remark made by his youngest brother, twelve-year-old Sam, who “fears you had to dine with the Yankies.”
Even though Mauldin had “very little hopes of the Legion getting South” during the winter, it is evident from the tenor of her remarks - “if I could have you and Willie home we would have Joyfull times, but we will remember last Christmas and hope for the future” - that Caroline remained confident her sons would survive the war and return home.