August the 21st [1]863
I againe embrace another opertunity of writing you
a few lines whch I do sincarely hope may reach you enjoying
better health than formally,, as for My self I am well also
sisy, and the rest of the family are well as common
Dear John we have exciting newse up heare now it was
reported up heare that you ware fiting furiously on Sull
livans Island comencing last Sunday we hear Col Keitts
head was taken off by a ball, also one of the smoukes was
Killed with the same ball but how true this is we cant tell
I never fell more anxiety for anny one than I did f[o]r Col kett
Death I no it is desheartning to all that is left behin in the Reg
ment,, I fell verry uneasy about you I cant tell you how I do
fell as I have not got a word from you this maile the cau
se be a misterey I cant unravile I hop it to be nothing
serious I still live in hopes Alay all be rite with your god
My Dear I must tell George Livingston widow is dead she
was burried yesterday poor Ann I hope she and George is now
in one family and all the little babes in heaven there to
part no more, and he at rest. Alvey Jones has lost his
oldest daughter She was burried to day James Neese lost
one of his daughter a weeak or two ago her age was eight or nine
years old the children is dyin in ever direction up heare
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Dear john I see to day in the paper the casualites of the 20 Regt
Battery waginer I see the are five Capt Cilled and three wound
ed, I cant see why you did not say something about this in your
letters, they surely is not many Capt left in your Regment acor
ding to the statement in the papers to day I have heard yesterday
you Company was sent over to morrises Island last sunday night but
how true this is I cant tell, I cant think for a moment you undertook the
trip agane over there as you healthe is so bad I am anxious to heare from
you soone, Mr W. M. Wolf come to do the worke on my teeth yestaday
after so longeatime he put in six plugs in my front teeth two of th
was gold which he had 5 dollars a plug and four emalgum whic
h he charged three dollars a peice for the wholeamount was twenty two
dollars I paid him the money he then told me he had plomised you he woul
do the work for four dollars a plug he told me to rite to you the gold had
risen so since that it was out of his power to do the work any cheeper
he is now charging eight dollars a plug I do not begruge the money if my teeth
are saved I think the work will stangd very well he warented than twelve months
My Dear I want to see you Oh how bad I can kiss you now till you fips are blistered
I must tell you how mutch I weigh one hundered and 66, Ann weight one hunde
red and 60 your mother one hundred 50, and sisy she weigh 37 pound and th
is hard to beet you may gues I have pict up a little since you saw me last
My love and best respects to you Mother sends her respects to you nothing
more at present sisy ses houdy for pa you must come to see sisy R.E. Jefcoat

August 21, 1863


Residence (County): 
Orangeburg County, SC


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


From State: 
South Carolina
From County: 


To State: 
South Carolina
To Municipality: 
To County: 

Transcription/Proofing Info

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

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