Camp Near Port Roil va
April 12 1863
Dear wife I take the pleasure of
righting yow a few lines in ancer
of yours most welcom letter that
come to hand [???????????????] [1]
instant that was dated the 27 of
march I was truly Glad to hear
from yow all it found me well
and doing the best I could
and this leaves me well and doing
the best I can and I truly hope
these few lines may safely reach and
and find yow all well and a contented
mind and injoying the blessings
of God Dear wife the reason I hant
ancerd yours letter yett I had jest
started one that same day I Got
yourn I was Glad to hear your
slips was Good I was sorow to hear
Bethany was sick I was Glad
[page 2]
to hear Lewis was att home and
I should bin Gladder to hern whet
ther he had a discharge or not I
want to hear whether he has a
discharg or not I want Lewis to right
to me I want to hear from all
every time I can for I should
be Glad to hear from your dogs
Dear wife I ase Glad to hear you
had bin to the court house
but sorow to hear that yow
did not Gett that money I had
sent to the court house for you
but I hope yow will Gett hit
yow done right by telling Kelly
to send it to you Dear wife when
yow hear where the boyes is I want
you to right wher tha air I was
sorow to hear james was in the
hospital with a rib broke but so
[page 3]
it is Dear wife your chance is
bad to right or do enny thing els
but Dear wife yow must do the best
yow can with yowr chance and your
little children for I hope the time
will spedly come when I can Go
home and live with yow and my
little children what time we stay
in this world is my sincear hope day
and night I will tell yow what
tuck place in Richmon the other
day the women rased a mob and
tha armed them selvs with axes
and bowenives and suoards and they
went to work they went in the
comisaryes stoars and all others
that they come to thare ase [2] six
hundred of them old Jef davis
ordred our troops to fiar on them
and our troops just come to a order
[page 4]
arms and did not fiar on them
there ase two men kild and one
woman kild I saw a man that was
thar and saw the sight this war
is bownd to cloas some way or a
nother it is the opnion of our
hed men we will have pease by
may but I cant sa but I can
hope that is all I can do I for
gott Dear wife I received in yowr
letter fore postage stamps and
one envelop and was Glad to Gett
them I so dear wife I must cloase
for this time by saing Give my love
and best respects to all of our pople
father and mother and yowr mother
tell them howdy for me Dear I
remain yowre tender and afectiona
huban tell death right soon
as yow can Daniel M Brown to his loving
[end of letter]

  1. writing obscured at fold
  2. ase = was
April 12, 1863


Co. B, 3rd North Carolina Infantry
Residence (County): 
Duplin County, NC


Residence (County): 
Duplin County, NC


From State: 
From Municipality: 


To State: 
North Carolina
To County: 

Transcription/Proofing Info

Michael Ellis
Transcription Date: 
September, 2011

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