Thursday, February 26, 1863
Nathaniel Caverly Jr. wrote a letter home to his father from Newport News, thanking him for the letter he received from home on February 20. Nathaniel was glad to hear that everyone at home was well, and mentioned that he had been well except for a bad cold. He asked his father to send "a little cheese and some sweet cakes ... anything that is dry will keep ... a few pickles would be as good as anything that I know of ... and a piece of salt fish for we can't get any such things here." He also mentioned that if his family was thinking of heading west to make money, they should join the army instead. "You can take one hundred dollars and come out here and you can double it in six months and pay your expenses."1
1Alan C. Phillips, Soldiers in My Family: Caverlys and Murrays 1754-1865. (DePere, Wisconsin: A.C. Phillips, 1993.), 86-87.