The stamp is tied with a double-circle Macon postmark in black. The letter is in nice shape. The envelope has been neatly split on three sides; the stamp was applied over the back flap and was torn in half when first opened. A glue stain along the edge of the flap suggests that it was resealed after opening.
In the letter, Sergeant Lanier refers to the Lieutenant as Haris implying an unexpected familiarity, and the content is informal, uses slang, and is, at times, tongue-in-cheek. I have made and application to the Secretary of War to get on a special detail. If I succeed in getting papers from Richmond I will soon return to Greensboro & then I will take unto myself a zib. Phillips this morning and she has your valice and is taking good care of it. She would take me into her bed room to see it.
I will meet you at the depot. I have had a head ache now for days. It is no drunk head ache either.
Haris I will close for I have nothing to write about. Let me hear from you soon. No doubt, Laniers reference to his bum proof position refers to the fact that Macon was the only city in the path of Shermans bummers march through Georgia that didnt fall to the Union. Both Laniers 3rd Alabama Cavalry and Wallers 39th Alabama Infantry were instrumental in its defense at the Battles of Dunlap Hill and Sunshine Church where the Union forces were driven away from the city.However, at the time of the letter, Lanier would have been expected to be with his unit in North Carolina, and Wallers 39th Infantry had already surrendered. Perhaps, either or both may have been wounded as "Camp Direction" was a mobile Confederate hospital that operated first in Tennessee and later in Georgia see Schroeder-Leins. Confederate Hospitals on the Move. In mid-19th century slang, zib was slang for an eccentric person, and the mention of Mrs. Phillips bedroom speaks for itself.
Laniers assurance that he did not have a drunk head ache suggests that he and Waller may have shared more than a drink or two in the past. And what of Laniers possible special detail and the contents of Wallers mysterious valise? All in all, a very unusual and compelling letter sent as the Confederacy was dying with multiple unanswered threads suitable for further research.
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