Yorktown Va. Ap. 14th 1862
Dear Papa
Mr Hudsan arive last evenin
and handed me a letter from you Stating that you
all were well And I this morning seat my
self to anser it, to inform you that I am well
as could be expected under Such surcumstances
for we are grately expose I have not ben in a tent
Since the 8the of March We have to ly on the wet
ground an nothing to cover with but one blanket
It is kneedless for me to State eny thing mor about
our exposure for it is inposible for me to tell you
all which we have to undergo. I will leave
it to tell when the war is ended. I will
proceed to give you the most important news
of the day. I wrote to you all on the 16th & 17 and
give you the news of the fight which we had
hear But I could not give you the num ber
which war kill The loss on the yankes Side
ware Seven Hundred. this is the report from
those that buried the ded, and one Hundred kill
on our Side Doubtless you have hurd all about
the fight So I will Say but little about it. times
have ben very Still Sence the Battle But they
Shell us a little every day. But they do not
do eny damage So quansequently we do not mind
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So I think that it will be best for me to stay.
I had drother come home and let those go that
are at home doing nothing. But this Law [1]
gets them at lass, So I am not greive at all. But
it have created a grate desturbanc it the army
there are Sevral Regiments that Say that they
intnd to go home at the resk of there life But
I think at Shuch times that they aught not to go
there ware a Alebamer Regiment that Stak there
arms last Friday. But we maid them take them
in a fiew minuets. We tole them if they did
not we would Shoot down the last one of them
So you may be Shure that they got to them quick
Papa you Stated that you ware coming out hear
soon I wish that you could. But you must not
come yet. for when you come I want you to
make me a tent that I can cary on my
Back if we do not draw none this Somer for
the hot sun will kill us if we dont have them
when I want it I will write and give you
the Size of it in Conclusion you all must
write to us. Brother Fuller is little unwell. but keep
up. he will write a fiew lines nothing
more but remaning avery affetionate Son

K. W. Coghill

  1. the Conscription Act became law on April 18
April 14, 1862


Company G, 23rd NC Infantry
Corporal to Private


Joseph W. Coghill's father


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Transcription/Proofing Info

Heather Cook
Transcription Date: 
May, 2011
Michael Ellis
Proof Date: 
June, 2011

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