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Transcribed by Cheri Todd Molter and Ann Ashford

This letter was written by Rev. Francis Milton Kennedy on Jan. 24, 1862. He enlisted in the Confederate army as a chaplain in December 1862. He served in the 28th Regiment NC Troops and survived his war experiences. He moved out of North Carolina after the war and died in 1880.


Charlotte, N.C.

Jan’y 24th 1862

My dear Henry –

Your letter has Just reached me and I reply without delay ~

I am sorry Mr. Leak is unwilling to give anything for Mack in the way of him, but so it is, and can’t be helped—I can’t agree with you and the Misses Little as to the value of Mack, but I am quite willing to defer to your Judgement—On the whole, I am clearly of the opinion that you had better clear the trade with your Uncle William, for $800 – The negro will have to go with his wife – he will be growing older and consequently less valuable so I think you had better take the price. Mollie will leave about next Monday or Tuesday week so you had better draw the papers before she comes away – Love to Sister Bet—

Yours truly

F. Milton Kennedy


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