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James Y. Ashford to Eva J. Ashford
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Letter, 4 December 1864, of Confederate soldier J[ames] Y. Ashford, a private in Co. B, Twenty-eighth Battalion, Georgia Siege Artillery, was written to his wife, Eva J. Ashford, from James Island, S.C.
Ashford explains that he had not written recently "in consequence of the enemy being between you and me" but that he had just learned that the road was clear between James Island and Savannah and the railroad operating. Ashford was unhappy since regular communication with his wife and children had been interrupted. He also feared that Major Bonaud, the officer in charge of the battalion, intended to put him in the ranks again, which meant that he would be exposed through guard duty to both extreme weather and enemy shelling. He was recuperating from erysipelas, a bacterial infection of the skin, and a boil that plagued him when he tried to write. The letter notes that at a revival meeting at Fort Johnson, about a half mile from their camp in Charleston County, twenty five men had been added to the church.
The 1860 census identifies James Y. Ashford as a thirty-two year old farmer and native of South Carolina residing in Chambers County, Alabama. Other residents of his household were his twenty-five year old wife, Evaline, a native of Georgia, and two children, four year old William and one year old Evaline.