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1873. His wife went to nurse him and died on November 20.
Both are buried in the Calvert cemetery.
These letters written by Dr. Pye during his service in state and
Confederate units are from a fragmentary family collection
owned by Mrs. Eugene C. Barker, Austin, Texas, his grand-
daughter. Apparently they are complete for the army period, but
unfortunately there are no replies from Mrs. Pye. They would
be a useful contribution to the history of life behind the lines.
Family names occurring in the letters are: Bud, Harry E. Pye,
son; Charley, son; Clem, a slave; Claud, Claude LeGrand, broth-
er-in-law; Dick, Richard Virginius Pye, half-brother; Dudy, Julia,
daughter; Edith, daughter, became Mrs. Frederick T. Weeden;
Jim, James Booth Pye, half-brother; Liz, Lizzie, daughter, became
Mrs. John R. Young; Mol, Molly, daughter; Ned, Neddie, son;
Vine, probably wife of Clem-Alvina, "Viney"; W., Wash., Wash-
ington LeGrand, brother-in-law.
12 Miles from Camp.
Dearest Wife Here I am again inside of a house-slept last night
on a bed-The rain pouring down & the wind whistling without-so
much for luck-But I must begin at the beginning. Yesterday being a
very cloudy & unpromising looking day with wind in the East-
"Wells" 8c I thought we had better go to work & make some arrange-
ments to keep us dry in case of rain-so we went into the woods cut
two forks &8 a pole & made a Tent of my old quilt-pegged it down
smooth & nice-put a turn or two of Moss under for a bed-and were
just about cutting a trench around-when I was called on to go and
attend to the sick at this place, a Gentleman's (Majr Brown-place
on the Brazos-I did not care to go-but I could not well avoid it-
It was well I went as it rained terribly last night-some from Camp
to day-say they had an awful time of it-they say that the tents
afforded very little protection-I have not heard how our old quilt
stood it-I am doing finely here-Staying with Young Brown-all the
rest of the family having run away-The sick are in an outhouse in
the yard-My official capacity is "Hospital steward for Camp Slaugh-
ter"2 otherwise a private-no extra pay-My business is to attend to
the administration of Prescriptions &c of the Surgeons-Through the
courtesy however of the Surgeons I am authorized & requested to
1Brown's Place has not been located. See the body of the letter.
2Perhaps well named. Apparently named after Brigadier General James E.
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