State of N C fort french near Wilmington
August 8th 1863 Dear wife and children I again
Seat myself to write you a few lines to let you
know that I am well at present and I hope
these few line may come Safe to you my dear wife
and chinldren and find you all well I recieved [1]
you kind and affectionate letter Aug the 7th dated Aug 2 with
great Sattisfaction to hear that you was all well
but I am Sorry to hear that you dont receive
any letter from me for I write one or two every
week you wanted to know how many letters I have
wrote to you I connot tell you how many I have wrote
I have wrtoe four or five letter to you since I wrote
the letter you answered in you lat letter I am very
glad to hear that the work of god is going on in
the country and that Some is yet trying to
Serve god for this is a heathen land here all you
can here is cursing and swearing
the worst oaths the can think of is the best
fun and I am very glad to hear that the neighbours
is good to you and tryes to help you you wanted
to know what you must do about a place to live
at if I dont get home in time I want you to go
and see James Clark I think you can do well there
you say you a great of trouble and I expect you
do but cant See the trouble that I do you can see
your children and friends but I am draged away
from you and my dear babes in to a land of
Stranger and heathens where there is any thing
but peace or comfort
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there come orders yesterday to be ready to march in
a moment warning but we dont know where
but I expect to kinston you dont kneed to
write to me any more untill I write to you for
I am going to try to go home if I can in a few days So I must
come to a close I want you to try to serve the
lord and pray for me that I may rach home
to see you and my dear children again tell my
children that I am glad to hear that they are pretty
and that I hope to See them again So no more at
this time but remain your affectionate hausband
and father until death D W Murph
to A E Murph and children tell Mahala
She must Save me a big apple tell Mary J
h[?] to learn fast [2]


  1. chinldren = children
  2. his service records indicate that Murph was taken prisoner in 1863 and released in May of 1865
August 8, 1863


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


Daniel Murphy's Wife
Children of Daniel Murphy


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
Proof Date: 

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