Novr 6th 1864 indian chief
My dear I seat my Self to rite you
a few lines to let you no that I am
well at present and I hope these few
lines may find you all unjoying the
Same blessings of god and I have learned
that plymouth has falen into the hands
of the enemy and I am sorry to hear
such newes but I cant help it but
I hope the lord will be with you and
if he is you nead not fear what man
can do thare has come in a new surply
of mariens to day from camp homes and
I learned from Some of them that william
was sent back home and I shal be very
glad to no it to be so and they say that
langley was sent to the seventeen reg
they believe I want you to rite me the
news generley and let me now the best chance
for getting home when ever I get a furlow
for I dont want to be caught for I had
rather stay here then to be taken a prisoner
I expect it is a bad chance to pass letters
but I shal try to send you one as often as
I can I shal send my letters to mr
Jesper Keach at tarburough and get him
to forward them to you as soon as he can
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and if you can get the chance to
send yours to him he will forward them
to me and you must rite me enny way
you can for you must rite as often
as you can and give me the nuse
and what is going on in your neighbour
hood for I am more anxious to hear from
home then ever but I hope you wont be
botherd but you must look our for
your Self the best you can for I cant
advise you what to do for the best but
you had better let father take that
colt and try to get the negroes to Stay
with you if you can and you nead
not fatten more pourk then you want
for your one use I recon but you
must do as you think best thare is
nothing new of importance at present
but I hope the ware will end soon
so I can come home to stay I dont want
you to greave your self to much a bout
the fall of plymouth it may be the best for
us the lord noes what is best for us and
I have all confidence in his doing the
best thing for us if we put our trust in
him which I try to do at all times all of
our men is well but a few that has the mesels
I must close by saying that I hope the lord may
be with ys all and protect us through this trouble
and permit us all to meet again good by H H B

November 6, 1864


Confederate States Marines


Henry Bowen's wife


From State: 
South Carolina
From Municipality: 
From County: 
From Note: 
"C. S. S. Indian Chief"


To State: 
North Carolina
To County: 

Transcription/Proofing Info

Michael Ellis
Transcription Date: 
July, 2010
Proof Date: 

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