Letter. Rufus A. Barrier, Camp 8th North Carolina Infantry, James Island, Charleston, South Carolina, to Mathias Barrier, Mt. Pleasant, North Carolina
Barrier says he hasn't received a response to his most recent letters and then describes an "attack that was made on his batteries last Wednesday." Though the enemy's bombardment was fierce, it was also brief, and at the end of the battle, the Confederate forces had managed to sink the Union ironclad Keokuk. (This was the First Battle of Charleston Harbor, 7 April 1863). Barrier concludes by asking after his livestock, assuring his father of his and his company's good health, and wishing the best for his friends and family.