This isn't my family line, but I found this article in my local paper (The Georgia Times-Union) on 1/29, and thought that there might be someone out there that belongs to this family and would be interested in recovering these letters.
The article is about Jack Tatum, from Clarksville Georgia, who is auctioning off over 500 items from his personal collection of 19th century artifacts.
Greg Peters, whose Golden Memories Auction Co. in Mountain City is handling the sale, expects about 200 bidders. The letters were written by the Hodnutt brothers, who served in the 13th Georgia Volunteers. One of the letters was
decorated with four different colored locks of hair, probably one from each man. Their mother probably put those on after the war, he said. The 40 Hodnutt letters are typical of wartime correspondence, filled with
complaints about the food and about being homesick. "I feel thankful that the Lord has been with me so far and I feel that I can trust Him for the future though I may never meet you on earth," T.I. Hodnutt wrote to his father on June 18, 1863. The Hodnutts' sister, Susan, wrote to W.A. Stephens and accepted his marriage proposal in 1859. He later served in the Confederate Army. "Mr. Stephens, you seemed to want to know whether I would marry or not and also wanted my opinion on that subject," she wrote. "Well now, as it regards marrying, Mr. Stephens, I am sorter like you. I think that it will suit me as well to marry now as it ever would." They married and exchanged letters often during the war. His last letter, dated Feb. 22, 1865, was signed "Yours truly until Death." He died a few weeks later at a Union prison camp.
(I did a quick check on familysearch.com and found that Susan Hodnett married Anderson Stephens on April 10, 1860 in Troup County, Georgia)
I hope there is someone that is able to make a connection to these families and is able to bring these letters back where they belong!
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