Letter from Mary Pugh in Texas to Richard Pugh, December 15, 1862

Mary Pugh to Richard Pugh, December 15, 1862, Pugh-Williams-Mayes Family Papers, Reel 7, Frame 151.jpg

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Letter from Mary Pugh in Texas to Richard Pugh, December 15, 1862


Mary W. Pugh writes from Rusk, Texas, after a recent trip with her father back to Louisiana. He is leaving again in the morning and she wishes to send a letter to her husband Richard. She notes that with all the white men leaving, "there is no one left to look after the negroes but poor little me. Pa tried to find some suitable man to put on the place during Mr Williams' absence but as nearly every man in Texas is a conscript he found it impossible." As a result, Frederick (one of the slaves) will be left in charge, and she thinks he "will do as well if not better, then any of these low white men." She herself will be staying with a neighbor in the men's absence, as neither of her parents would consent to her staying on the place alone. She adds that "I never saw the negroes look better or happier," and they frequently ask her when Richard Pugh will return. She wants to come join him in Mississippi. She has knit him a shirt while "amongst these black jacks."


Mary W. Pugh



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December 15, 1862


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