Spt the 8th 1862
Camp Near Fredrick City
Fredrick County Maryland
Dear Father & Mother
I take the present
Oppertunity of dropping you
a few lines to let you
know that I am well
at present hopping when
theas few come to hand
they may find you
inJoying the same Blessing
I have no news of importance
to write to you

we had a big fight on the
old Battle field of Manassas
Junction we was successfull
and whiped the yankeys badly
we took a great many prisoners
thear dead was laying thick over
the field we air now in the
State of Maryland it is a fine
Country we Crossed the Potomac
River last thorysday Morning
the Maryland Boys is Joining us
verry Fast we have seen
verry hard times but I trust
this war wont last long
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We have got the Baltimore
and Ohio Rail Road in our
Possession we have Plenty to eat
we have had verry hard marching
some times march Day and
night James H Hamilton
is well William Hamilton
is dead he died in petersburg
there was 4 men killed in
Company in the late
Batle John B[???] mat [F?] am
James [????] [??]
Russell theas air the men
that was killed ther was
severl wounded I was not
in the last Battle
Father I have got me
a new suit of close whitch
Cost me [???] [????] [???]
not expect [???] [???] [???]
me verry oftin I would be
verry glad to here from
you all [????] tell Brother
George that [????] [???] [???]
for not writing to me
[page 3]
Now I must bring theas
few lines to a Close
Give my love to all the
Children when you write
Direct your letter to
Gordensville Co K 28th
Regiment of Va Vols
the mail is sent tou us
from there I sent $11.00 to
you by [??ll?] Hamilton
give my love to Respect to
mr Hamilton Father
I have had my
Health splendid
you need not be on
easy about me I cant
write to you often
you must excused this
Badly composed letter
so nothing more but
remains your son
untill deat
Fare well Dear Friends
James B. Painter

September 8, 1862


Co. K, 28th Virginia Infantry
Private (later corporal)
Residence (County): 
Botetourt County, VA


Name Variant: 
Father and Mother of James Barnett Painter
Residence (County): 
Botetourt County, VA


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Transcription/Proofing Info

Jennifer Fields
Transcription Date: 
September, 2009
M. Ellis
Proof Date: 
September, 2009

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