Letter. Rufus A. Barrier, Headquarters 8th North Carolina Regiment, Petersburg, Virginia, to Mathias Barrier, Mt. Pleasant, North Carolina
Barrier writes in good health and with little to report. "The intentions of the two armies," he says, "seem to be very much mistified at this time. My opinion is that the two armies will be in Northern Virginia in less than two weeks." He thinks that something important is about to happen, but that his division will likely be left to defend Petersburg should the fight move elsewhere. He is glad of Zebulon Vance's success in the recent elections: "I look upon the election of Vance as the greatest victory of the war."