In the letter Eckles explains that troop rations in the area are scarce; he implies that soldiers will be taking supplies without permission from local residents but assures Winston that he will be compensated: "From difficulties which have occured...
In the letter she describes a raid by Union soldiers on her family's property: "After the Boats and Negroes all left we gathered up the fragments and were surprised that so much was left...We feel devoutly grateful that the place was not burned and...
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