[this letter is written in pencil and the handwriting is very difficult to read]

Camp near Cumling gap [1] the 27
Ky August
my Dear wife I Seat my Self to Drope
you a few Line wich Leaves me well
hoping when thes ma Comes to hand
that thay may find you all well
I will say to that James Jinks [2] and 
George Hunnicut [3] has been in the Hospital 
but thay are in Camps Now and are
well you Rite to me know wethe
I wash my Self or hire som body
[???] I wash my self I will say
to that when we [???] Reach [???]
theat we had a Little fight we killd
yank [????????]
we then Left ther and went to C[?????]
and stad there a few Days and
they Move to this place we got
to this place yestady we are in about
ten miles of the yanks I want
want you to Rite how my farm
is get along I want to se you
and the Children very I want
you to Rite how it has ben wether
it has ben wet or try [4] Rite as Soun
as you get this we have a very bad
[???] of riting here we have not
[page 2]
Ink you will please xCuse this letter
for I hav no ink I want you to write
how all our folk is I want to
hear from them all we are look
ing for a Battle here in a fiew
Day I ReCived your letter the
17th of this month I would Be
glad you would write as often
as yow Can while we was Comeing
through the mountains the water
was verry Bad we had to Drink
pon[d] water we hav Been liveing
on Rosting years 56 Days
I Study about you and the Children
Day and night I want you to
Send me a Braid of yours and
the Childrens hair I want you
to put them all Separate
So I Can tell them a
part there is about 300
Bushwhackers in this Country
the yankeys is Clost By we
are looking for them
evry Day I will Close
& I Remain yours until Death
Wilburn thompson Wilbern

  1. Cumberland Gap
  2. Pvt. James M. Jinks of Co. G, 56th GA Inf.
  3. Pvt. George M. Hunnicutt of Co. G, 56th GA Inf.
  4. try = dry
August 27, 1862


Company G, 56 GA Infantry


Name Variant: 
Wife of Wilburn Thompson


From State: 
From Municipality: 
From County: 
From Note: 
"Cumberland Gap, KY"


To State: 
To County: 

Transcription/Proofing Info

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

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