State of N C Fort French
Near wilmington June the 30th 63
Dear wife and children I again
Seat my self to write you a few
lines to let you know that I
am well at present and I hope
when these few lines comes to
your hand the may find you
all well I recieved your kind
letter yesterday the 29 of June with
great Satisfaction to hear that
you was all well when you
wrote the letter but with sorrow
to hear that Leve and David
hicks was dead and that Leve
ingle was sick we have not much
sickness here at this camp there
is but one company here about
one hundred men there has three
men died in this company since
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I have been here there was one
conscript that come when I come
his name was chales Walker there
has 4 of the men that come here
with me is gone home on furlow
to cut their wheat you wanted to
know who I though the most of
in the company I cannot tell you
I think well of all of them
and the all appear to think
well of me when I was sick
the would come into my tent
and ask me if the could do
me any good any way or if I could
eat any thing the could
get for me the officer appear
ed to think a good deal of me
the capt would come and want
to know if I wanted to go to
the hospittle or stay in camp
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So if ever you want to write
to any you can write to capt
W, Shaw Lieu Whitess or Lieu
thomas or Lieu J. Blunt
or gray Cathen I can inform
you that I got $17.00 cts last Saturday
and I want to know if you kneed
any of it if you do I will send
you apart of it I have Signed
a parole this morning to draw [1]
more but I cannot tell you when
we will get it I want to know
how much you have got Since I
left home and if you ever got
that 75 cts I Sent in a letter I
want you to buy corn and feed
your hogs if you can get it I
want you to write to me where
Joshua is I want you to write
to him tell Sally and Margaret to
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write to me I want to know
where John Kids is if you know
i wrote a letter yesterday to J S
Hooper to raleigh to See if he
could get me off I want you
to do what you can quick I
think there will be peace made
in next month if there is or is
not if I live and keep my
health I will come home in
august I have a good many
little thing I would like to send
home if I could tell the chil
dren the must be Smart and
get done laying their corn
and then the must have two
weeks to rest and fish I would
be glad to get home to see you
all So nothing more at
present but remain your affection
[added at top of page]
husband and father untill death
D W Murph to A. E. Murph and children
I want a word from all the children again

  1. payroll
June 30, 1863


1st NC Artillery (10th Regiment State Troops)
Private to Sgt.


Daniel Murphy's Wife


From State: 
North Carolina
From Municipality: 
From County: 
New Hanover
From Note: 
Fort French


To State: 
North Carolina
To County: 

Transcription/Proofing Info

Michael Ellis
Transcription Date: 
August, 2011
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