Levy Co. Fla., July 9th 1862
Dear father and mother
This leavs me tolerable only but hoping this may find you both well. I have nothing of
importance to write to you only I am vary tyred of camps. Wee thought on monday Last
that we wold have Some fun with the Yankees. They threw two or three Bombs at us did
Reach us by a mile. They ware about 4 miles from us, they cant damage us where we
are. Wee can here their Shooting almost every day.You must not Think hard of me about
money. I will Send it to you Just as Soon as I can. Got 50 dollars but had to Send it right
off to get it change as I was compel to Keep Some my Self. I will Send you 30 or 40
Dollars in A few days. Our company is nearly all Sick and gone Home. Wee have about
40 men in camps and one third of them with the mumps, the last account there Was 83
absent from the company
Dear Mother I wold give my bounty to be with you all again and think it wont be long
before I Shal come to Stay It is Said that lincoln [Lincoln's] army is badly Routed. If it
be true wee will soon be home. I want you all to write to me as soon and oftan as you
can. I am not Satisfied with this country, the Insects are so bad that they almost kill a man
in one night. I had rather go to Vaginia [Virginia] than Stay here or any Where elce.
Give my love to Sally & family also to zack and fanny, tell them all to write to me and
Mrs. Smiths and family to write also for I would be glad to here you all at any time.
Direct your letter number four cedar keys [Cedar Key] East Florida Care of capt A.J. Lea
[Andrew Jackson Lea]. I remain yours truly until Death
To Lemuel May and Martha May
Transcribed by Nicole J. Milano, University of Florida, 2008.