Camp Leon Fla., May 20th 1862
I have taken the pleasure of writing a Short Letter to inform you that I am unwell at
present but Able to be up. I was right Sick yestaday but are right pirt to day. I did not take
any medison. I hope this Will reach you and Find you and my baby both well. It is the
hardest thing that I ever had to encounter With in my lif[e] that is to be Separated from
you both. It Seemes like I have forgotten how Martha looks. I can Amagine Sometimes I
can heare her voice; it is all I can do to Bare it My Dear Wife. Dont make your Self
uneasy a bout Me. I am fairing vary well so far. Wee get a penty [plenty] to eat, Some
bacon Some beef Some flour Some meal & rice and A plenty of lard. Marsden [Marsden
D. Bellamy] is going to Vergineah [Virginia]. Then I Shal go into Baileys company
[Capt. Abram Z. Bailey] with Dick [probably Richard C. Bellamy]. It is Said Wee will be
paid of[f] this week if So I will try to come in a week or ten days they have passed a law
that but two Shal[l] leave at the Same time but I don't think That will last long. The
Soldiers are vary mutch dis pleased. I Saw George on Sunday last. He was well. He
wants to get into our company.
Dear Wife write to me and if you have Any newes write them for wee can here any thing
here But the truth. My Dear write to me and tell the family To do the Same. If there is
any thing that you need let me know and I will bring it or Send it to the H[?] Station.
Dick is Sick to[o], in fact their is a great deal of Sickniss here, 200 [Casses?] wont
excuse this Redgmint one man this morning from Baileys company. Give my respects To
old Mose when you See him. Arvice Williams is Dead, he died the last day of April with
tifoide Fevor [typhoid fever].
Clarisa take good care of my baby and kiss it As ofton for me as you can. Tell har that I
intend Bringing her a nice present when I come home. Tell father and mother to take a
part of this for Them Selves as paper is Scarce and time precious. You must all write to
as ofton as possible. I don't care if I get one every day.
Direct your letter Camp Leon Fla., in care of Capt A.J. Lea [Andrew Jackson Lea] the 5th
Regment Fla. Volunteer
I must Close by Asscribing my Self your loving Husband until Death
Tell Mr. English that Bill and Red both up [William English and John Redding English,
Fifth Florida, Company D].
Transcribed by Nicole J. Milano, University of Florida, 2008.