2 December 1864: “I will now tell you how I made my escape.”

Item Description: A letter from W.D. Wharton to his future wife Mollie. Wharton was from North Carolina and served in the Confederate Cavalry in Virginia. Here he describes a narrow escape from Spring Creek, Virginia, and thanks God for sparing him.


Citation: From Folder 7 in the W.D Wharton Papers, #5059, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


Spring Creek Va. Dec 2nd 1864

My Dear Mollie, 

Fearing that you will hear of the capture of Spring Creek & all the men there, I send a man to Belfield Station to mail a letter to you to relieve you, I will now tell you how I made my escape. Capt. Waldhauer just – as the Yanks came in eight – ordered me to camp to bring out men that had not reported, & just as I got in about two hundred guards of the Depot, they made a charge, & captured the place, with all the men that were there. & I left there. I feel my thankful to & all wise providence that I am spared. I have not time to write more. Will write you soon, if you write direct your letter to this Brigade, & I can get them from there.

Good by my Mollie, “Will”

Direct this way,

W.D. Wharton
Col. 5th N.C. Cav.
Barringer’s Brigade
A.Ct. Va.  

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