To Miss Elizabeth Brotherton
the 20 [1863]
ASoldier Farewell Febwary
So Farewell
So fare yow well my darling ,
So fare yow well my dear
dont greive for my long
while I am present here

Since it is my misfertune
A Soldier for to be
oh try to live contented
And do not grieve for me

I am gowing away tomorrow
To tarry for a while
So far from my dear darling
about 500 mils

She Rang her lilly white hands
So mowrnful She did cry
yow listed as a Soldier
And in the war yow shal die

[page 2]

The cannon lowdly Roaring
The bullet whistle by
The fife and drum are sounding
To drownd a Soldier cry

Stand Steady by your cannon
make balls and grape shot fly
oh trust in God your Savior
And keep your powder dry

I hope the time is coming
when yow and I Shal meet
with words and looks and kisses
we will each other greet

Written by W H Brotherton
to Elizabeth Brotherton

this is abutiful Song sister
when this yow See Remember
me thowgh many mils apart
we be
[page 3]
To Miss Elizabeth Brotherton

Asong Ballott Soldier Farewell

Fredickburg Richmon VA
Dear sister I take
My pen inhand to let yow
know that I am well at
present hoping when those
few lines coms to hand
they may fin yow all
enjoying the same kind
blessing I nothing mutch
to Right to yow only I am
enjoying my self verry well
at present I am stowter
and ever I was in my
life sister I am abuly lookin
man now I have got abwly [1]
set of musstach and
whisker on my chin
So no more at Right and
let me know if yow get
this be Sertain and Right
[page 4]
Febwary the 20 1863
Dear aints I take my pen
inhand to let yow know that
I am fat and Sawccy know
and I hope the yow are enjoying
good health I wood like
verry mutch to See yow
this morning I now thing
mutch to Right to yow only
I have wrote my sister
ASong And I want yowns and
her to learn it agance I
come home so that yow
can sing it to me
tell uncil Bills I hant
forgot them yet I wood
like to see them all
So no more only
Remaing your Freind
W H Brotherton

To Miss Sarh And mily
Right Soon

  1. abwly = a bully
February 20, 1863


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


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


From State: 
From Municipality: 


To State: 
North Carolina
To County: 

Transcription/Proofing Info

Andrea Cudworth
Transcription Date: 
October, 2011
M. Ellis
Proof Date: 
November, 2011

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