The Civil War: Letter in Grandfather's Handwriting Asks for Prayers

Last paragraph of Grandfather's letter, written in fine handwriting, details pay snafu during the Civil War.

| Good Old Days

I have in my possession a letter, written during the Civil War and yellowed with age. It was written January 5, 1863, in very fine handwriting, by my grandfather at Lexington, Kentucky, and addressed to my grandmother at Louden City, Illinois. I would love to share every bit of it with you, but as it is such a long letter I will send the last paragraph. Here it is.

Write soon in answer to this for I have not received my pay yet and I have been informed that they will only pay us 1 1/2 months pay this time. That will only be nineteen dollars and 50 cents, leaving twenty-six dollars unpaid. Pray for me that I may be brought safely through my trouble and meet you in heaven. Give my love to all my friends. 

Farewell for the present. 

Joseph Beck to Lydia and Family 

Mrs. John Patterson
Krebs, Oklahoma

Back in 1955 a call went out from the editors of the then CAPPER’s Weekly asking for readers to send in articles on true pioneers. Hundreds of letters came pouring in from early settlers and their children, many now in their 80s and 90s, and from grandchildren of settlers, all with tales to tell. So many articles were received that a decision was made to create a book, and in 1956, the first My Folks title – My Folks Came in a Covered Wagon – hit the shelves. Nine other books have since been published in the My Folks series, all filled to the brim with true tales from CAPPER’s readers, and we are proud to make those stories available to our growing online community. 

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