Letter. Rufus A. Barrier, Camp Whiting near Wilmington, North Carolina, to Mathias Barrier, Mt. Pleasant, North Carolina
In late November the regiment moved to the proximity of Wilmington. Barrier writes in response to a letter received recently from his father. He confirms receipt of "all the things" his father sent him. He asks that his mother save some fabric to make his a suit, which he may need come winter, as he "cannot afford the prices they are asking for clothing in this place." He says that he is very comfortable in his tent, despite the cold and rain: "I have a nice chimney to my tent and good fire in it just as independent as if I were at home." His company is the only company in the regiment to have chimneys. Though there are 5000 Confederate troops around Wilmington, Barrier worries about its security should the enemy arrive in force. He closes by assuring his family that he and his company are generally in good health.