Confederate 5th Texas, Hood’s Brigade Letter Written on 2 Sheets of Confederate Patriotic Stationery – Shows the Patriotic Fervor of Hood’s Men:   WE ARE FIGHTING FOR OUR COUNTRY’S RIGHTS, THE RIGHT OUR FOREFATHERS BEQUEATHED US. OUR MEN WILL FIGHT WITHOUT PAY. THERE’S FIGHT FOR MONEY, FOR BREAD. OURS FOR FREEDOM.

To find a Hood’s Texas Brigade letter is difficult.  To find one written in nice dark ink on a rare patriotic stationery is quite amazing.  The writer, Campbell Woods, enlisted in June of 1861 as a Lieutenant, and he was only 18 years old!  He would go on to be wounded on 8/30/62 at 2nd Manassas and again 7/2/63 at Gettysburg. 

The letter is written on two 8 x 10-inch blue gray sheets of paper sold by George T. Baldwin (which is written under the patriotic motif at the top).  On each sheet in the upper left-hand corner is a large cannon and Confederate flag with 12 stars.  Also imprinted is “Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori” (It is sweet and honorable to die for your country).  Interestingly, Campbell also comments on this motto in his letter!  Also imprinted on both sheets is “Confederate States of America, 1861”. 

The letter is headed, “Camp “Bragg” Richmond, Via. Oct. 7th 1861.”   

  • My Dear Mother, Your letter of the 18th inst. Was received Saturday evening. We moved camp that evening. We had just got all the tents pitched and finished supper when your letter arrived.
  • Brother Mike received Wood’s letter. Our field officers have all been appointed. They are as follows, viz.: J. J. Archer of Maryland, Col. Collier of Louisiana, Lieut. Col. Quattlebaum of Massachusetts, Major. None of them are from Texas.
  • The Captains & Lieutenants are petitioning to his Excellency for Texas Officers. It is my opinion we will get rid of him without much trouble. I don’t think the President has treated us exactly right.
  • We have been here a month lacking two or three days & he has not been to see us the first time and then appointed officers over us, who are not from Texas, and one from North of Mason & Dixon’s line.
  • We have a beautiful camp ground now, situated on the York River R. R., two miles from the city. We were reviewed yesterday by our Col., some ten or twelve ladies were out.
  • We have just heard that 17 blockading vessels have made their appearance in the Mobile Bay. Rumor says their intention is to bombard the city.
  • I do sincerely hope that the Federal Army may attack us in Kentucky, Missouri, and Virginia simultaneously, so that we may whip them out and be done with it.
  • The War is bound to close now pretty soon. One side or the other will be compelled to “knock under” and that soon. We can carry on the war with a great deal less than half the expenses of the Northern Army.
  • Southern men do not fight for pay. When the Confederate Government says their money is out, they will not grumble, but will redouble their efforts, bind every energy, and strain every nerve for the cause in which they are fighting.
  • The patriotism that animates the breasts of Southern men will cause them to under go all kinds of hardships. In fact, nothing will be hard to them when their country’s rights are at stake.
  • It will nerve their arms to strike a blow, deadly and sure against the enemies of their beautiful Magnolia dotted, flower scented clime of the Sun.
  • THEY WILL REMEMBER THE ABOVE MOTTO “DULCE ET DE CORUM EST PRO PATRIA MORI.” (It is sweet and honorable to die for your country).
  • Capts. Powell and Rodgers have been out to arrest an abolitionist. They found that he was only a crazy man.
  • It is now the understanding that we will be ordered to Manassas under Gen. Johnson as soon as we are drilled.
  • Now I have some hopes of entering Maryland or Washington City. Perhaps both. The sooner the better. I wish it was tomorrow.
  • I have first heard that Gilhams, the author of Gilhams Tactics, has been surprised & defeated in Western Virginia, I did not hear at what place.
  • Gov. Lubbock left for Texas sooner than I expected, so I did not write him. All our boys are tolerably well. Creed Woodson is laid up with cold.
  • There are three hundred cases of measles in the fourth Regt., Texas Volunteers. Some four or five cases in this Regt. Nearly all of our boys have had measles.
  • Dr. Woodson is still with us, I think. He will remain with us if he does not join. Dick Hardy has been sick but is about well now. Says he has written several letters to his Father.
  • Tell Clarisa, George is in fine health and sends his love to her & begs to be remembered to all. It is now 10 o’clock at night.  It rains here once or twice a week. It is raining now. I’ll write again soon. Love to all.
  • Your Son, Campbell Wood.  Direct to Lt. Campbell Wood Richmond Va.  Care of Capt. R. M. Powell “Waverly Confederates” 5th Regt. Tex. Vol.

Condition is fine, some staining and has nice dark ink.  We have not seen any other Hood’s Texas Brigade letter of this caliber. 

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