Item description: Letter, dated 6 September 1863, to William Nelson Pendleton from F. W. Page. Page asks Pendleton to use his influence in the Confederate army to recommend him for a captain’s commission, citing food shortages on a relative’s farm as his need for work.
Hanovr Co Sept 6th 1863
I hear Captain Dean has sent in his resignation. Will you use your influence with Col Nelson in my behalf. Aunt Judy is nearly eaten out of house & home. She is killing her sheep calves & has no bacon & cannot buy for less than 2 1/2 $ per pound. She has to buy Flour at 4 – $ per bbl & has made little or no wheat & will not make corn – enough to last 6 ms. the next year. So you see she cannot afford to keep me & my family, unless I can get something to do. Yours Truly,
Please answer. F. W. Page
More about this item: F. W. Page, the writer of this letter, may be a relative of Pendleton’s wife, Anzolette Elizabeth Page, while the “Col. Nelson” referred to was likely a relative of Pendleton’s.