Culpepper Vagininia [Virginia] Aug. 29th 1862
After my love to you this leaves me unwell But hoping this will find you and daughter
well & all The Family. I am now at the hospittle [hospital] at Culpepper Court House. I
am not confine to my Bed But unable to march. I marched until I gave out. I have not
Seen the company in nearly two weeks. It is Study [steady] march every day. This
country dos not agree with my health by any means. It is Said wee will be Sent back to
florida in October next. I don't think the war will last many weeks longer from what is
going on. It is Compel to Stop or every man die. That is all the newes I am aloued to
give you at present. My Dear don't be uneasy about me for if my health Dont improve I
Shal come home. Wee have taken 9000 prisoners [prisoners]. Our Regiment has not yet
had a fight the last I heard from them. My Self [and?] Wm English [William English,
Company D] is together. Write to me Direct to Richman [Richmond] Va., in care of Col
J.C. Hateley [John Carroll Hately] Com D 5 Fla Regt Pryers [Pryor's] Brigade. If ever i
get back i can tell you what hard times is. There is something i forgot. Stone Wall
[Confederate General Thomas Jonathan "Stonewall" Jackson] old paper Staff come so
near getting him. They got his hat and got three hundred thousand Dollars.
My Dear Wife Write To Me Every Chance You Can. Dont Be uneasy a bout me at all.
Whatever pleas write to whether you got my ambrotyp [ambrotype] or not, nothing more
but remain your affectionate Husband until Death
Transcribed by Nicole J. Milano, University of Florida, 2008.