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Letter. Rufus A. Barrier, Camp 8th North Carolina Regiment, near Gaines' Mills, Virginia, to Mathias Barrier, Mt. Pleasant, North Carolina
Barrier mentions in passing that he is "in charge of the regiment" (when Lt. Col. Murchison was shot on 1 June field command of the regiment passed to the senior caption, P. A. Kennerly of Co. K, since Maj. Barrier was in hospital. Barrier assumed command on his return, and retained it for the duration of the war. His commission as lieutenant colonel dates to 7 June 1864, the actual day of Murchison's death). The regiment numbers 200 men at the time of writing. Barrier notes that he has received his father's letter of 7 June. The trunk of provisions he'd requested previously finally arrived, but, by the time Barrier was able to retrieve it, its contents had spoiled. He would still like his parents to send him some socks and shirts. He and the regiment are eating well. Barrier has decided not to buy a horse at the present time since he is broke and is not sure how he could get any money: "I will not draw my wages until I can get the new currency." The front has gone quiet, though there is occasional sharpshooting and shelling. Barrier is still "troubled with dysentery" but remains in the field.