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(CIVIL WAR--CONFEDERATE.) Perry, Theophilus. A Texan cavalry captain's Christmas letter to his wife. Autograph letter signed to wife Harriet E. Perry of Marshall, TX. 2 pages, 10 x 8 inches; apparently detached from an integral blank; folds, uneven toning. With original envelope, postage marking "10" in pencil. "In camp en route to Marksville", LA, 25 December 1863
Theophilus Perry (1833-1864) was a captain in the 28th Texas Cavalry. "This pleasant Christmas evening I find myself sitting upon a sheep skin spread flat on the ground. . . . The noise and confusion preparatory to marching wearies me more than the march itself. A camp is a great Babel anyways, and I become so heart-sick of it that I seek solitude oftentimes by walking far away into the thick forest. . . . The days God has given us to keep sacred we devote to the ministry of anger and bloodshed. I look in vain in scripture for any justification of war." Captain Perry was mortally wounded four months later at the Battle of Pleasant Hill. Some of their correspondence (not including this letter) was published in the 2000 book "Widows by the Thousand: The Civil War Correspondence of Theophilus and Harriet Perry, 1862-1864."
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