Near Gordons ville va.
Oct. the 8th 1863
Mr. Wm. Proffit. Dear father
this note is to inform you that
I am with my regiment
enjoying a reasonable portion
of health I have been absent
three monthes sick with the
fever I was at a private house
I treated very kindly the fever
fell in my feet & legs so that I
could not walk nor get off
of my bed for sometime I was
not out of the house for seven
weeks and no one who saw me
thaught that there was any
chance for me to live but the
God who rules & governs all
things saw fit in his tender
mercies to raise me up again
for which I shall ever feel
[page 2]
I have no news of interest
to write at this time we have
been cooking three days rations
to day in order for a march
but to what place I am un-
able to say as news is scarce
& my hand is quite nervious
I will soon close A.N. is
quite stout & look finely
you will please write me as
soon as this comes to hand and
give me all the news how you
are getting a long & how your crop
is about to turn out give my love
to Mother, Sis, & all my friends
I will close by sub scribing my
self yours with great respect &c
A. J. Proffit
Co. ,D, 1st reg. N.CT.
Lains brig ade
Wilcoxe’s division
Richmond va.
[page 3]
Head Qa Co F 37 N.C. Troops In
Camp Pear Liberty Mills va oct 8th 63
Dear Fother an Mother I wonce
More Seate My Self to drop you
a few lines wit[c]h will enforme you
that I am well an not forgting to
hope this will fine you all well
an doing well I hant Got any Good
nuse to rite at this time I will
say to you that we have orders
to Cook three days rations and be
ready to march we ar Cooking them
to day I dont know whar we will
Go but it is thought that we
will advance on the yankee an
I think we will by all
I wood much rather not Go but
it is not as I Say it is Sead that
troops ar moving now and I recond
it is so for I See the artelery Going
to wards the River it is telling
what this move will
[page 4]
it May be for our Good an
it May be for our worse I Cant
Say but I hope it will be for
our Good A J an A.P. Poffit
is her an ar both well an sends
you all thair love an best
Respects I rec a letter from
W. L. Welch an Elizebeth an
I answer it the next day but
I dont know wether thay have
Got it or not Wm Church
an family I Send you all
my love an best respects and
woald love to see you all
but I Cant Say when I will
but I hope it wont be long
untell this war will Come to
a End So I Can Come home
I want you all to rite to me
an Give me all the nuse you
Can So I will Close frome
Phillip Walsh
Thomas Walsh

October 8, 1863


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


Residence (County): 
Wilkes County, NC


From State: 
From Municipality: 
From Note: 
Philiip's letter says from "Camp Pear Liberty Mills va"


To State: 
North Carolina
To County: 

Transcription/Proofing Info

Andrew Albritton
Transcription Date: 
May, 2010
M. Ellis
Proof Date: 
June, 2010
There are two letters included here: one from Andrew J Proffit to his father, and one from Phillip Walsh to his parents (Thomas and Elizabeth Walsh).

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