September the 4th 1863
My Dear John this another opertunity I embrace to drop
you a few lines in answer to your of the first inst: which came duely
to hand to day: I was more than happy to heare that you ware on
a mend I sincarely trust that you may still gaine strength
and be restored to good health againe, here one thing you
must try that is if you still stay puney in the hospitol M. B[??]
cant you try the doctors and see if they wont send to columbia
hospitol others are sent there from the Island and why not
you I am cofident if you try the rite way you cant go to Columbia
hospitol and then you will some nearer to home, & and another
thing is I can make it so as to see you there this will afford me
great pleasure if can meet thee some where or other
Dear John I am well in good health more so than usual
sisy she is qute well but she never looks as well since she
had the pox looks a little pale but she eats hearty enoughf
every thing is teasing her she has life enoughf for them
all I only wish you could see some of her pranks you would
be surplised to see what was in a child heart she cant be beet
I take all paines with her I posaby can the are so may children dye
ng with this putrid war threat now Andrew Jefcoat burried his
little daughter last Wednesday with the sour throat sick only three
days and dyed John meeks buryed his youngest chid with the s
ame desease Miss Corosia Hurkey has typhoid feaver, it is bin
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15teen day since the feaver was off of her and she lies know out
of her mind since sunday a weeak ago her sister carry was heare
today for medison for her M Wolf is tending her he considers her
dangerous sick: My Dear I think that are now living our happi
est days are past and gone, I am afraide our peasible homes will be
for ever ruined and destroyed Oh what an awfull end wee are yet to co
me to are we to be slaves what will be the result wee cant tell what another
yeare will bring around nothing but the strength of gunn powder and
man will ever make peacible land of ours the prospect look gloomey
for what you say and the papers it looks like every thing
turns out for the best on our side what a trible accident aceared
you spoke of in your las t I am sorry to heare of sutch but it was the
luckiest accident I ever heard I cant see how anny of the men
one the boat esceaped I never would believe a man could swim on
sutch ruff water I [supose?] he done there best for life is a sweet to us
My Dear John I dont no [????] wich that would interest you Henry little sisy is
quit sick agane she was taken on last monday night with convultions [like?]
Doc Ben is tending her he ses she has Broncheetos, the same old desease
she has very hi feavors I and mother was down to see her yesterday she is
in her rite mind only verry hy feavers ever since she was taken assick
Dear John your Father ses he is mutch oblided for you troubl and the salt is exep[ed?]
My love to you an sisy sends heep houd to pa an kisss two she is now talking about papa
I hope to see you some [receive?] all that deare to me I remains your Rachel
you must excuse my bad riting and short communication for this time

September 4, 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 County: 

Transcription/Proofing Info

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

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