James Island Camp Sparks April 6 1862
Dear Brother
I Seat my Self to drop
you a few lines to in form you that
I an Joel are both injoying good health
at thos time hoping that these few lines
may find you all injoying the saim
Blessing I received yours of the 28 and
Was glad to hear from you all. Not
withstanding I was Sorry to hear of the
Sickness in your famely and the settle
ment around but I am in hops that the
Scarlet fever will not last long in the
Cuntry Joel received your letter yester
day evening and was glad to hear from
you all and hear that you ware all on
the mend. Joel is gon to Coals Island
to day. John I have nothing verry interres
ting to right. the health of the Regment
is tolerable good at this time the boys
all apear in good Sperits for a fight
but I do not Anticipate enney thing
like a fight her soon altho wee are
making grate prepations on this Island
it would be a Sight for you to see the
intrenchments and Fortifycations near
our camps it looks like it must mean somthing
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If you could have bin here last Saturday evening
you would have bin amused I no. col Dantzlor [1]
taken the Regment to the entrenchment
and went threw the menaces of battle
and then duble Quicked them back to
camps. I tel you it mad the boys puff
and blow they made ther brage that
they had bin in one battle and no boddy
got hurt John I would be glad to come
to see you all but Old Riply will Not
let but two go home at a time out of
a company thats never have bin home sence wee
first left and ther fore I will have to
wait untel my turn comes inless in
case of sickness. you Said somthing a
bout comming down to join our company
you must exersise your own jugment a
bout that if you have got the consent of your
mine to volenture for the war I would
rather you would com in this company
so wee could be together I must come to close
Give my respects to all inquring friends
And reserve a portion for your self and
Family yours Respectfuly and
Affectionaty untel Death H. W. Jefcoat

  1. Lt. Col. O. M. Dansler
April 6, 1862


Co. D, 20th South Carolina Infantry
Private, Sergeant, First Sergeant
Residence (County): 
Orangeburg County, SC


Co. D, 20th South Carolina Infantry
Musician, Private, Sergeant
Residence (County): 
Orangeburg County, SC


From State: 
South Carolina
From Municipality: 
From County: 
From Note: 
Camp Sparks

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Andrea Cudworth
Transcription Date: 
February, 2012
Michael Ellis
Proof Date: 
December, 2012

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