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We Whiped the Rascals


From a letter dated May 30, 1862, and written to his parents by the Confederate soldier James B. Painter, then camped near Richmond. The letter was penned on P. G. T. Beauregard stationery.

we whiped the rascals
we dont Fear any enemy that
can be brought be fore us
we trust in God that we air
fighting in a glorious cause
a soldiers life is a harde life
to live to live some times we
haf to lay o[u]t all night in the
mud and watter water
and it and it rainig verry hard
and no shelter for the poor
soldier we air fair verry well
now we drill twice a day
you wrote to me to know if I
wanted any clothing or not
I dond any I am truly
to you for your kind offer
I hope the time aint far
distant in untill peace will
spread ovr the land and
we can all come home

IMAGE: An albumen silver photographic print of Confederate general G. T. Beauregard bears his autograph and is dated 1865 (Virginia Historical Society)

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