Camp Gregg va. June the 4th 1863 [1]
Wm & Mary Proffit Dear father and mother
I again am blessed with another opportunity
of writing you a few lines which will inform
you that I am in good health at present hoping
that these lines may find you all well &c
I have not news of interest to write at present
times are very good in camp we have plenty
to eat and but little to do I cannot say when
there will be another movement made but
I would not be surprised if there is shortly
I suppose that you have seen an account
of my being killed before this time in the late
battle but I hope that you have heared it dispu-
ted as I have written you three letters since
in which I give you a full account of being
taken prisoner I would take great delight
in bing at home now so that I could tell you
all about my travels &c. We had a letter from
W.H. written the 15th of May he was doing very
well his wound was not very severe - - - -
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Well father as this is the 4th of June I suppose
that you are 60 years old to day I feel to hope that
you are stout and harty you and mother has
lived & been highly blessed for a number of
years although the days of trouble are now
on us I feel to hope that you will not let the
troubles and turmoiles of this life molest
your peace but little try to live as cheerful and
as much contented as possible the Lord will
bring all things right in due time I am
anxiously waiting for a letter from you
your last was written the 4th of May please
write soon & often let me know how you are
getting a long with your crop how it looks how
your rye is doing & give the news in full
about the little domestic concernes & if the
dry weather is likely to injure you &c tell Sis
to write me without fail & be certain not to
marry until I come home I will now close
hoping to hear from you soon I remain your
old yellow boy &c. A. J. Poffit

Camp Gregg v.a. June 4 1863

Wm and Mary Proffit Dear Father and
Mother I again write you a few lines
not in ansser to a letter for the last
one I got was dated May 4th I all most
decline the Ida of writeing you any more untill
I git some all tho they may git misslaid
I want you to write us oftimes for nothing
on earth givs us more satisfaction than to hear from home
I have no news to write times are still in camp
A man was brandied on the left hip with a letter
D for deserting he belonged to our CO, all so one
was drumed through our Regt. from th 37 Regt
with a board to his back with letters on it
deserter on it for the same &c
we got aletter from W H. this eavening hee is
not far from hear he is well I saw Harson
Brown day before yasterday from Capt Millers
co. jesse Miller is well and all the buoys of
that CO I suppose you have heard before this time
it was a mistake a bout A Js being Killed he is
hear and well and doing well he was a
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Prisner and taken to Washington and was
vary well yoused by them &c

Pap we want to know how you are gitting along
with your work how your corn looks and how
wheat looks in that cuntry we want to know
how what sort of a wagon you have whare you
got it and what it cost &c what you are doing
with the mules wheather you have got them
boath at hom or not how they look &c
I must close for want of news write son
and fail not, We have a divisionn of
N.C.T. now and general Pender for our
gen A.P. Hill has taken command of
a corps I suppose you have recieved letters
before this time in forming you a bout Aj. & W.H.
So I will say no more about it It is reported
our men has whiped the yankees at vixburg
vary bad with the loss of vary few &c
I will seace writing
by saying these lines leaves us in good
health and truly hope they may reach and
find you all well &c
yours as ever A. N. Proffit

  1. Both letters are written in the same hand.
June 4, 1863


Co. D, 18th North Carolina Infantry
Residence (County): 
Wilkes County, NC
Co. D, 18th North Carolina Infantry
Residence (County): 
Wilkes County, NC


Residence (County): 
Wilkes County, NC
Residence (County): 
Wilkes County, GA


From State: 
From Note: 
"Camp Gregg"


To State: 
North Carolina
To County: 

Transcription/Proofing Info

Andrew Albritton
Transcription Date: 
May, 2010
M. Ellis
Proof Date: 
June, 2010
Two letters, one from each brother, but both in the same hand.

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