Contains 18 Collections and/or Records:
File — Box: 2, Folder: 1
Scope and Contents Brandt speaks of Confederate Jeff Davis and predicts the war will be over soon. Callie is expecting a baby. Brandt complains of the monotony of camp life and asks for news of home.
File — Box: 2, Folder: 2
Scope and Contents Brandt is on the march from Charleston to Vicksburg. He suspects there are Union fortifications and gunboats at Vicksburg. He requests more clothes from Callie. Envelope addressed to “Mrs. Callie Badger, Gonzales, Texas,” return address in upper left-hand corner, “Private B. Badger in Company D Calvary, Battalion of Waul’s Texas Legion”.
File — Box: 2, Folder: 3
Scope and Contents Brandt has been rained out of his tent and has taken up lodgings with a nearby family. Brandt is attempting to switch positions with a friend for $300 in order to return home sooner.
File — Box: 2, Folder: 4
Scope and Contents It is raining incessantly in camp, and Brandt complains of the monotony of camp life. Envelope addressed to “Mrs. Callie Badger, Gonzales, Texas.” It is in several pieces, but blue crest can be seen on front.
File — Box: 2, Folder: 5
Scope and Contents Brandt is spending his time with a friend of his father’s. The Legion is moving to a new neighborhood where “foraging is better.” He describes the beauty of Mississippi countryside and sends his love to all.
File — Box: 2, Folder: 6
Scope and Contents Brandt praises Callie’s frugality in paying debts and economizing. He complains of the lack of food in camp, and subsequent poor health of the soldiers, including himself. Callie’s aunt has moved in with her, much to Brandt’s dismay.
File — Box: 2, Folder: 7
Scope and Contents Brandt is sick with jaundice, but he is feeling well fed by a local wealthy man. He reminds Callie to continue to pay small debts and inquires if she is pregnant. The Confederates have succeeded in getting troops loaded onto transports and down the Mississippi. Envelop addressed to “Mrs. Callie Badger, Gonzales, Texas, care of MC Combs, Livingston, May 31st”.
File — Box: 2, Folder: 8
Scope and Contents Brandt mourns the recent loss of his baby boy, but is joyful that the child “has gone to join his little sister.” He is still stationed in Mississippi and has been appointed to the position of Hospital Stewart.
File — Box: 2, Folder: 9
Scope and Contents Brandt is involved in a small skirmish and is captured. He relays the news of his capture and parole by the Yankees. He now is trying to get permission for a furlough to go home. Envelope addressed to “Mrs. Callie Badger, Gonzales, Texas,” postmark in upper right-hand corner. Included with the letter is a sheet of cross-stitch material with a yellow arrow laced in red and green flowers.
File — Box: 2, Folder: 10
Scope and Contents General Robert E. Lee has brought his army to Pennsylvania, and General John B. Macgruder has captured several prisoners and taken New Orleans. Brandt’s father has died of starvation, a prisoner of the Yankee army. Brandt is looking to find an army position for his brother. Envelope addressed to “Mrs. Callie Badger, Gonzales, Texas”.