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Letter from Emma A. Shoolbred to Col. Cathey, March 30th 1863 (Page 1 of 2)

This is a letter written by Emma A. Shoolbred to Colonel Cathey in March of 1863. She is asking him for an ox and corn since her ox ran away and food is scarce. 

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Citation (Chicago Style): 

Emma A. Shoolbred to Col. J. Cathey, March 30, 1863. Joseph Cathey and Cathey Family Papers, Hunter Library, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC.

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Flat Rock
March 30th 1863

Col. Cathey


Though personally a stranger to you, I know that you are acquainted with my son James, and am induced to apply to you in a time of difficulty I have been a widow for three years, and James and his two younger brothers being in the army, in Virginia, and my eldest at [illegible], I am entirely with out any one to assist me the war has greatly reduced my circumstances, and I find it hard to live. I have many small negro children besides their parents to feed, and would be glad to know if I can purchase some corn from you at a reasonable price, and if you would allow me to purchase from you an ox, as I have lately lost one of mine, and understand from W. [?] Tabor that I cannot procure one in this neighborhood. I should also be glad to know the price of wheat flour, and if I can get any from you. An early answer will oblige

yours respectfully,

E.A. Shoolbred
Flat Rock, N.C.

Please name the price of the ox corn and flour if I can obtain them from you or in your neighborhood.

Emma A. Shoolbred

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