Having received intelligence that my son was wounded, Orlando Staples, I though it best to write to you thinking perhaps you would know all about it, as there is not any one of the privates that I know in his company.
I want you to write all that you know about him for I shall feel very anxious indeed. Tell me all, let it be good and bad for I want to know the worst, nothing but the whole truth will satisfy me. Please write as soon as possible and oblige your friend.
Sophia Staples to William McArthur [McArthur Family Papers]
Office Prov. Marshal, Hilton Head, S.C.
Dear Mally: …
I am still on duty here as Provost Marshal far from the glories and dangers of the siege of Charleston. Our regt was not [illeg. word] to go, there were so many vacancies in it. Only one field officer for duty, the Col. being under arrest. It was a great disappointment for us not to be allowed to participate in the only important service that has been or will be in the history of this Department. …
I have three companies here numbering about 270 men, and about the same number of prisoners of all sorts.
It is quite healthy here considering the latitude and everything, and if the yellow fever does not visit us we shall not lose many men. Company “I” has lost but one man by disease since last fall, nearly a year ago. I take some pride in stating this as I believe it is in part owing to the rigid enforcement of cleanly habits, attention to their kitchens, &c., &c. …
William McArthur to his brother, Malcolm McArthur [McArthur Family Papers]
Head quarters 11. S. Forces
Hilton Head, S.C.
Capt. Wm. M. McArthur, Judge Advocate
Upon looking over the Records I find that the charge against Sergt. R. Sulton, 1st S.C. Vols. were received and forwarded to you from this office June 2nd 1863. They must consequently be in your possesion.
Very Respectfully, Your Off. Servant , S.S. Stevens
S.S. Stevens to William McArthur [McArthur Family Papers]