Camp Martinsburg Va July 16 /63
Dear Father I take the opportunity
this eavening of writing you a few
lines to let you know that we are
well at this time hoping if theas few
lines come to hand they may find you
all well We have got back to old
Virginia again we crossed the river going
over the 22ed of June and come back the
14th of July The yankees followed to the river
but I dont no wheather they crossed or not
we ar camped between Martinsburg and Bunker
Hill we expect to stay hier [hole in page] four days
I would be very glad if we we are very
tired and brokendown we expected a fight at
Hagerstown the yankeys come on us and we
fixed for them but did not fight we had
breast works and they com up in about
a half mile of our line and throwed up
breas works two then they commenced mooving
towards Harpers ferry and we come over the river
It is the reported hier that vicksburg fell
on the 4th but we do not no wheather
it is true or not
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We had a fine time in Peneslvania
a whi but when ther Army come
up from Virginia we did not have a
very good they kept so close around
us that we could not get out to get any thing
hardly we had plenty Chickens butter and
milk and mutton and the
best loaf bread you most ever saw as we
went over we tooke a good many thing for
them but like they do hier I have
not got much to writ at this time so I will
close I tell you that I Seen
the 34th [page torn] [?????] in command
of the Reg [page torn] William
is acting as [page torn] [?] [???] was goin
[page torn]
made a charg on our waggon trane and
he was Slightley wounded in the little
finger he was not with Company when
I was ther I must close
James .W. Overcash

July 15, 1863


Co. G. 6th North Carolina Infantry
Residence (County): 
Rowan County, NC


Residence (County): 
Rowan County, NC


From State: 
From Municipality: 
From Note: 
"Camp Martinsburg, Va"


To State: 
North Carolina
To County: 

Transcription/Proofing Info

Toni Mitchell
Transcription Date: 
February, 2011
Michael Ellis
Proof Date: 
March, 2011

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