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Letter. Rufus A. Barrier, Camp 8th North Carolina Troops, Sullivan's Island, South Carolina, to Mathias Barrier, Mt. Pleasant, North Carolina
Barrier writes that he's received a box his mother recently sent, though he hasn't been able to transport it from the city to the camp yet. He hopes that his mother will continue to send him all the butter she can spare. He discusses his father's plan to sell his horse: "You spoke of selling my horse for $600.00 hundred dollars. I think the horse is too cheap at that price the way horses are selling. But if the trade is made before you receive this letter it is all right because I shall not complain at anything you may do for me. The probability is that I shall have to have a horse before long and if you have not sold my horse hold on to him till you hear from me again. If I have to buy a horse will have to pay $1000.00 thousan dollars for him. . . ." Barrier adds that they are expecting a fight within a week. Barrier writes too of an auspicious visit: "We had the honor of a visit from his Excellency President Davis last Tuesday. He was received by our brigade in silent grandeur. He has the appearance of a statesman and a soldier. He looks like the right man in the right place."