Morris Island SC
August 13th 1863
Dear Sister Ellen I set down to
Write you a few lines to let you
know that I am well at this
time and I hope these few lines
may find you the same
I received your letter and that
paper that you sent me and
was glad to to get it
The weather is a getting
verry warm at this time
It is most hot enough to rost
an Egg in the sand
I have bin in two Muses [1]
since I left Seabrook Island
the first one was on James
Island and the second one
was at this place
Last Night I was out a
[page 2]
To build a battry and
the Night before I was out
on picket about six hundred
yards from fort wagoner
they ware a firing on us all
night but they did not hurt
any of us they throw shells
over at us as big as a helf
bushel I hear that the Rebs
are a getting their just
dews in verginia they also got
them in Pennsylvania I dont
think that Rebble General Lee
will try his hand in
Pennsylvania again verry soon
I was paid off some
time ago and I sent a check
home for Isaac Van leer I suppose
& in Williams Letter
I suppose he has got it before
this reaches you
[page 3]
If you Can send me the
Village Record I wish you
would send it to me once in
a while to see the news about
home this Island is the Meanest
place I have bin at yet
And when you write again
let me know weather william
got that check I suppose
you will hear of fort Sumter
being reduced before long
It would supprise me the least
to hear of it
You ware speaking of me
sending my likeness to you
I cannot get it taken here
if I was at hilton head I could
get it taken but I cannot get
Well I must bring my
[page 4]
Letter to a Close
By asking you to write
No more at present
But still remain your Affectionate
John Guest

  1. muses = musses (skirmishes)
August 13, 1863


Co. A, 97th Pennsylvania Infantry


Residence (County): 
Chester County, PA


From State: 
South Carolina
From Municipality: 


To State: 
To County: 

Transcription/Proofing Info

Heather Messick
Transcription Date: 
August, 2013
M. Ellis
Proof Date: 
November, 2013

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