Letter. Rufus A. Barrier, Camp 8th North Carolina Troops, near Petersburg, Virginia, to Mathias Barrier, Mt. Pleasant, North Carolina
In response to his father's announcement that he would be sending men to join Co. H, Barrier writes that he has "as many men as he wants, but if they make his company their choice, of course he cannot think of turning them off." He replies to his father's news about prices for goods: "Prices are awful as you state them in your letter. I tell you there will be a terrible crash in prices as soon as the confederate tax bill is published. I think it will certainly bring the currency to a healthy state." Barrier hopes that his father will be able to visit soon. He also brings up William Woods Holden again, hoping that there aren't many who are listening to his talk of North Carolina seceding from the Confederacy: "I must think that a man is blind to his own interest or a traitor to his country if he thinks of giving up this struggle." Much of the letter affirms his continued belief in the Southern cause and decries those who would betray that cause. He concludes by saying that he and his regiment are quite comfortable and that they will likely remain in place for the winter, barring any surprising enemy movements.