Letter. Rufus A. Barrier, Camp Whiting, Wilmington, North Carolina, to Mathias Barrier, Mt. Pleasant, North Carolina
Barrier writes in response to his father's recent letter, glad to hear of his family's good health and his father's safe return to Mt. Pleasant from Richmond. He mentions briefly the suffering he and his fellow soldiers endured traveling to Wilmington. Several came down with pneumonia. He received his coat and boots; they fit well, and he is grateful. He is currently quartered in a cabin and getting along well, though he does not know how long he will be there. There is nothing for the men to do but drill. Wilmington, he says, is the worst place he has seen in the Confederacy: "You can scarcely buy anything with Confederate money." He complains that "the place is literally filled up with Jews and everything else that means." He is confident that Wilmington cannot be taken by sea, and thinks that the enemy will eventually come by land. Barrier feels confident that the South will win the war yet.