Garysburg N C Nov 1862 [1]
Mr James Robinson
sir I take
my pen in hand to pen you afew lines
to inform you that I am well an all the
rest of the boys &c James I would rote to you
some time ago but I have been trouble alittle
in Camp our Comp[any] an the officers are at war
an are still yet an I do not no when it will
be settled, we are too hard for them an allways
will be our Comp stick too gether an that cant
do any thing &c Jim I think it best to come
down an we can fix that matter with out
eny difficulty We have some rough times
lately it not worth while to mention the
particulars &c we have some times plenty to eat
hear an some times nun air we have plenty
of horse feed some times an some times non
our horses look well we had one hard march
we went to hamilton 50 miles below weldon
or started thar but turn back in 15 miles of
thar our pickets come back an said the yankees
were gone an then we return home to our old
camp at Garysburg we had a hard time for
the snow was from 8 to 12 i deep the night we left
the camp an we laid out one night an we
couldent get no brandy we have brandy
plenty hear at $20 per gallon an if it was
fifty it would be the all the same for tha
will have it &c James if tha will be
any chance of you coming doun an stay
ing in one place untell tha can Come
I wish you to rite as tha have been some talk
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about that here &c as for my self I
am come ing home in January or at court
if I have to run away an com for my
business at court must be settled &c
and I would like to be thar to take Chrismus
with you an take alittle brandy an honey or
brandy is good anuff with out the honey
Jim skin is scarce here an I no you [2]
need help an I would like to assist you the
best I aught me an Isaac go out some times
an wet our peg but it is not so good [3]
as me an you are use to &c Jim I want you
to rite if you are done gatherine corn an how
much you made an how much morris made
an Jef an how you are all getting along &c
Jim Wm Robinson left here saturday morning
if you see him he will give you a history of
our country and want you to get me a nit
concern to were around my neck any where you
can I rote to mary to nit me apair of Gloves
an if she has them done you send them by
Wm Robinson if he come up in our neighborhood
you need not put your self to any trouble &c
you Said that you had Oppossum to eat I would
like to have some Oppossums tha are worth
$1.25 here are scarce at that &c James Give
my love to sarah an the Children To Jef & famly [4]
an take a share your self the boys sends there
love to you &c D H S
NB I saw Cam McKinnon the other an I am well
acquainted with him he sais that him an Jim
was takeing prisoner to gether an Jim leg was cut
off at the knee and he left him the last day of
July at fortress Monro an he dont believe that he is
dead &c D H Sherrill rite soon all the news

  1. Sherrill deserted on November 22, 1862
  2. skin = a punch made with whisky or brandy
  3. peg = tooth
  4. Thomas Jefferson Crawford
November 22, 1862


Name Variant: 
Co. K, 5th North Carolina Cavalry (63rd Regiment State Troops)
Sergeant, later Private


Residence (County): 
Catawba County, NC


From State: 
North Carolina
From Municipality: 


To State: 
North Carolina
To County: 

Transcription/Proofing Info

Michael Ellis
Transcription Date: 
January, 2011
M. Ellis
Proof Date: 
January, 2011

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