September the 7
Dear father And mother an Sister
I Seat my Self down to drop you
afew lines to let you know that
i am well at present hoping when
theas few lines comes to hand they
may find you enjoying the same
kind blessing I am at Salsberry and
I will Stay hear tell Monday and
we will gow to Ralleigh and Stop
their a day or two I dont exspect
we will get to Richman before the
last of the week it may be that
we will get their agence wesday
I got hear abowt twelve oclock Saturday
I will tell yow how we faird last
night we slep in the old feild with
owt any tents over us I Spred down
my bed tick and Spred my blanket
over me I Rested very well they put
out gards they put nine out our
Company henry allen Jack Allen
henderson allen I did
not have to Stand gard when
I get down to richman I will write
[page 2]
I have nowthing partictoler to write
only this is a wright smart place
hear I have Saw Some yankees
hear I Saw two yankees doctors scienc
I come hear they was mighty nice
looking men they men Say that
they war will soon end I had a
docter say that we wonint have
to fight any atall he seiad that
the yankees army was cut all to
peaces I hope we will get back
before long The Reasin we will
have to Stop at Ralleigh is
our provision will give out
and we will have to Stop
to cook up anough to do us to
Richman dick proctor is sick he is
allitle better to day tell grany
peple that I am well at
present and uncil William
and uncil John and Mr
Jackman I am well and
fany Cashion and babe
I am well tell them I
wood like to see them all
[page 3]
well grany [1] I Seat my self 
down to drop you afew lines 
to let yow now that I am
well at present hoping
when theas few lines comes
to hand they find you
enjoying the Same Kind
blessing tell ant Sarh and
ant milly I wood like to
See them all

grany I wood
have writ more to
you but I hant any
chant[?] I am Siting
at a tab writing now

So no more at
present bwt Remaing
your freind tell
Death william H
Brotherton to Poly
[page 4]

tell James and catherine and
mother I will come up and
see them before long I think
if nothing hapin Show this
to them

So now moore at
present bwt remaing your
freind tell death

from william
Brotherton to Thomas
So far well at the


  1. his grandmother, Polly Howard, was born ca. 1787 and lived in neighboring Lincoln County
September 7, 1862


Co. K, 23rd North Carolina Infantry
Residence (County): 
Catawba County, NC


Residence (County): 
Catawba County, NC
Residence (County): 
Catawba County, NC
Name Variant: 
Goes by Elizabeth, Betsy
Residence (County): 
Catawba County, NC


From State: 
North Carolina
From Municipality: 


To State: 
North Carolina
To County: 

Transcription/Proofing Info

Michael Ellis
Transcription Date: 
October, 2011
M. Ellis
Proof Date: 
November, 2011

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