Letter. Rufus A. Barrier, Camp, Hoke's Division, North Carolina, to Mathias Barrier, Mt. Pleasant, North Carolina
Barrier is now 11 miles south of Magnolia Station, about 40 miles from Wilmington. He writes as the war has taken a turn for the worse: "If our section of the country is to be the scene of war let us not murmur but bear it like the Spartan heroes . . . if we are to be subjugated, let it be done with sword in hand battling for liberty." He declares that the Union forces will pay for their transgressions against the Confederacy. Barrier believes that Gen. Sherman is making his way toward Fayetteville. Barrier and his fellow soldiers are resting; he does not know how long they will remain where they are. He requests various items of clothing from home and inquires about the possibility of obtaining another slave.