This the 14 of July 1862

State of va richmond
Dear father and mothr
and Brother itak my
pen hand to let you
now that I am well
hoping that thes feu
lines may find
you all in Joying
the same Blesing
we ort to Be thank to
god for thes mey
Bless he has Brot us
therough i want
to See you all
But cant now
but if iliv ill
i will com and
See you all
[page 2]
whar Bin hard for
for meny days we out
to think tht death
is on Sid of us god
is our frend we ort to
pray to god for the
meny Blesing he
has Be stod upon
the first
day of July
900 thousaid men
i thingh we all
ort to pray
[page 3]
i want you to rite
to me as soon as this leter
comes to hand i hant got
mutch to rite at presant
the fight [1] comense in
July hit last 8 day
we [?] whip them and
tuck ten thousaid
prisner whip we wip
cornel lee [2] is dead
he got shot isam hart
Sog [3] is dead he got
Shot port welch [4]
did with the fever
in the horse pitle
in richmond

So farwell
[page 4]
direct to richmond po
i cear of capt hartsog [5]
in the 37 Ridgment
of trops in
Com A

this leter is from
Marion Sexton
prier Sexton

  1. reference to the Seven Days’ Battles
  2. Col. Charles C. Lee
  3. 1st Lt. Isahm Hartzog
  4. Pvt. Porter Welch of Co. A
  5. Captain John Hartzog
July 14, 1862


Co. A, 37th North Carolina Infantry
Residence (County): 
Ashe County, NC


Name Variant: 
Residence (County): 
Ashe County, NC


From State: 
From Municipality: 


To State: 
North Carolina
To County: 

Transcription/Proofing Info

Michael Ellis
Transcription Date: 
November, 2008
M. Ellis
Proof Date: 
November, 2008
The transcription says this is from "Marion Sexton to parents to brother," but it seems unclear if he's trying to write to his brother or whether it's meant to be from his brother as well. At the bottom of the letter, part of "Thornton" appears. If Thornton was serving with Marion by this point, it wouldn't make sense to write to him.

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