Oct 18th 1862 in Camp Near Winchester
My Dear Wife
This leaves me in Tolerable good health. I got back to the Army last evening and got 2
letters from you which give me great Satisfaction To hear from you. You stated that you
Had written me 4 letters. I did not Get but 2 of them. The braid of hair I did not get and
am Sorry for it, for it wold have bin a treat indeed. My Dear I am Sorry to Say to you
that when I got to company I heard that R & J English ware Boath dead and others that
you don't know. Marsden [Marsden Bellamy] & Richard [Richard Bellamy] are well.
Dick [Richard Bellamy] was Struck on the head with A peice [piece] of Shell but not
ingered [injured]. Wee are under marching orders but don't know whare nor when. Every
Thing is Still at present. I got no newes therefore I cant give non But I think wee will
come back Before long if wee live. We are 200 miles above Richmon [Richmond].
I Received a letter from George also. I am Sorry to hear that he was Still Sick. I want you
to write to Him for me for I cant get paper to write and tell him I am in Better health than
common and Tell him not to Stop writing for I will write as Soon as I can. Also give cosen
[cousin] Bill my Respects and Alfred. Give my love to all the family connection. Tell
them all to write to me and not to wait for me for this is the last paper and no more to be
had. I hope this may find you all well and doing will for it is more than I am. Excuse
bad writing as I Have to write flat on the ground. I Remain your affectionate Husband
One of your letters wane [was?] dated Oct 6th the other Oct 28th
Direct your letter to Richmon[d] Va. in care of Col L.C. Hatley Company (D) 5th Fla
Regt., Pryors Brigade.
Transcribed by Christopher Baker, University of Florida, 2008.