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Letter, Loulie Feemster, Bigbee Bottom, Mississippi, to her husband, Alex W. Feemster, in Selma, Alabama, opening with news of church and business. She lists the fabrics she bought for clothes and includes a humorous limerick about wives spending their husbands' money. Her Uncle Dave visited and told them that Yankees in Tennessee were stealing fences and other farm supplies so that local farmers had no way to make a living; when the families got hungry, the Yankees would give them supplies if they took the oath of allegiance. The Yankees stole wood that Dave had cut, but they treated his wife, Annie, with respect and never came in the house. Dave also reported that ''the negroes are as free as the white people,'' and ''if you want one to do anything you have to ask them very kindly.'' Loulie lists some supplies she needs if Alex can spare the money and tells him about her sadness when she thinks of their young son, Henry, who died the year before. She closes by quoting from a letter from a courtship letter from Willie to her sister, Emma. 1863.
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