Charles Lewis Anthony to Callie Anthony, July 23, 1861, Anthony Family Papers, 1785–1952, Acc. 35647, 35648, Library of Virginia.
Callie Anthony says: My cousin Charles Lewis is the son of Pa's brother Abner Anthony. Charles Lewis is twenty-four years old, and he and his brother Pickney enlisted in Company B, 10th Virginia Heavy Artillery Battalion. Charles told me about the good health of all the men in his company. I'm so glad he hasn't been sick much; it is so easy to fall ill when you are in the army. I hope they get all the volunteers and new recruits they need.
It terrified me to read about the battle at Manassas. It happened over July 21 and 22. In that first big battle in Virginia, we showed the Yankees just what Virginia boys are made of and won the battle easily. But knowing that Cousin Charles is so close to fighting that he can hear the cannons is scary. I hope he isn't in danger. They better whip those Yankees fast and get back home!
Charles doesn't complain about the food they've been eating, but if getting fresh green beans, beets, and potatoes in the summer is such a treat, provisions must be pretty poor. I'm glad he got some fresh shad. That's a fish Pa thinks is a great delicacy.
I guess I was a little sneaky in telling Charles about the gentlemen who have been calling on Katy, but I didn't want him to be surprised. Now I get to be his proxy while he's off being a soldier. I don't know what kind of a beau I will make!