Sulivans Island Oct 29th 1862
Dear Wife I had the pleasure of receiving yours of
the 26th and was Extreamly glad to heare from you
and that you ware all well I hope good health
may continue with you all I am quite well with
the Exception of a verry bad coal and cough I supose
caused from the suden change of weather wee have some
verry coal weather heare now Dear Racel I have no
news of importance to right to you since the batle of
pocataligo wee are Expecting and attact heare Evey day
it was reported Esturday that theire ware 75 vessels
out beyon this Bar, therefore wee may Expect an early
attact Dear Rachel I have received the Bottle of
Brandy you sent by Calvin which was thankefulley
received you may no you spoke of being anxious for me
to git a furlough and come home I would be verry glad to
comply with your request but it is uterly imposable
for me to git off unless I should git very sick or
some of you ware sick at home and git the Doctor
to send a sertificit then there might be a chance
for me to git off. I was verry glad to heare that
sisey had got well of the rising on her thigh
and that you had carected the mistake in counting
the money I want you and sisey to spend the
money for such things as you need and dont
suffer for Eney thing you want while theire is
money in the house I will draw money again in
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a few days for the last two months pay I will try
to send some of it to you the first chance I have
Dear Rachel you have never rote to me whether
you got your Boxes home yet or not I mean the Boxes
that you taken with you when you left the Island
I would like to heare how your sows and pigs are geting
along and how carre is giting with the scrache
you must git some one to wash and geese him good [1]
I would be verry sorry to heare of his dying
you must try to do the bet you can
I hope this war will end soon and I may git home
and then wee will try to do better
I must bring my letter to a close
you must right regular and let me no
how you are all giting along
give my Respect to all my friends
Accept my Kinest regards for
yourself an little sisey
your affectionate Husband
John. J. Jefcoat
Mrs. R. E. Jefcoat
Orangeburg C. lt.
Excuse the bad righting
as it is don in greate hast

  1. geese = grease?
October 29, 1862


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


Residence (County): 
Orangeburg County, SC


From State: 
South Carolina
From Municipality: 
From County: 


To State: 
South Carolina
To County: 

Transcription/Proofing Info

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

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