The State of Ala Mobile May the 21 1862
Dear father and Mother it is with greate pleasuer
that I take my pen in hand to let you know
that I am not well tho I hope I aint dangros
bad off I hav got the flux I recon but I
hope theas few lines may find you all well and
doing well I Shal tel you somthing a bout
our travel we left Tuscaloosa on the 14 and came
on foot to nuborn and thar we took the car
and traveld on it 41 Mile to Selma and thar we
took the boat and landed hear at a leven oclock
our far on the boat was bad tho I hope I will
get a plenty of bul beaf I expect we will hav to stay
hear our camps is in 3 miles from hear on the bay
we haint got to the camps yet the yankeys is in
site and they ar expectin an attact hear our company
is on diching tho only 18 ata time out of our
company at atime I must tel you somthing a bout
our Fare from Tuscaloosa to Nuborn most of the
sitisens of Green County is white folks and I
thanks them for thear kindness thar is more corn in
Green County you may think this is a lye
but I dont I saw more corn in one half a days
than I ever saw in my life and the most of it was
from nee hy to waste hy which was a butiful
site I wold be glad to se you all one time mor but
I dont know ever will or not but if I dont
I wold be glad to hear from you I want you to
write as soon as this coms to hand and write what
has become the conscript boys we heard that they
was oderd out to go into camps for 3 Months
I hope they wont hav to go for if they do bad
is the consequnce I must quit for to nite &
turn over and read for your Self
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May the 20 1862
May the 23 1862 this leaves me well and
hoping this will find you well I am hear
in camps 3 miles below Mobile we hav to
stand gard or dich 6 hours every day we dont drill
any at all I dont know how long we will
stay hear we had a terable time in coming down
hear I had rather ride on a car than a boat
the boys is not all we[ll] John Rogers is sick tho
he is in camps yet he is the worst off of any of
the boys I hav got a mity bad cough I went to
diching this mornins and diched 3 hours and then
come off and went on gard 2 hours Tho I dont mind
that if my fet wasant sore I wont you to
giv my best respect to all my friend and tell
them this is the way to get thear mony
back I must quit til I hav more time I will
somthing elce next time I remain yours until
death George W. Poe to father and Mother brother
and sisters i cant say wher for you to
rites for I dont know

May 21, 1862


Residence (County): 
Fayette County, AL


Residence (County): 
Fayette County, AL


From State: 
From County: 

Transcription/Proofing Info

Genevieve M. Vallentine
Transcription Date: 
May, 2012
Michael Ellis
Proof Date: 
April, 2013

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