Letter. Rufus A. Barrier, Camp 8th North Carolina Troops, near Petersburg, Virginia, to Mathias Barrier, Mt. Pleasant, North Carolina
Barrier begins his letter by discussing a disputed work contract; it seems he wanted a chest made for him in a certain way and its maker failed to follow instructions. He urges his father not to pay the craftsman until the chest is fixed right. Barrier and his regiment are back in their old camp. The rest of the letter concerns items he'd like made and money he'd liked loaned to him: "Send me one $150 if you can." Barrier wrote in his previous letter his reasons for wanting the money and urges his father not to put himself out to provide it. He's found a slave to care for his horse, but that will be expensive, so Barrier requests food with which to feed his slave. Rumor has it that the regiment is going back to Wilmington, North Carolina soon. Barrier reports that the exchange of prisoners is going "briskly."