Camp 61 Regt N. C. Troop
Near Ivor Station. Va
Mach 9 the 1864
My Dear Mother,
I Received your kind letter
that you Sent me By Mr Lanier. I had
just got Back to Camp from Suffolk,
We left Suffolk Sunday moning a Bout
five o clock And we mached to T
Tuckers Swamp church. Wich was thirty
Miles. We Stayed in Suffolk fiv days
But the yankees reenforced So that we
had to leav We only had 1200 Men. We
kept picket in 100 yards of the yankees.
our Company was on advance picket one
Moning and the yankees Cavalry Came
upt within fifty yards of us. But
We had orders not to fire on them
Without they fired on us first We went
to Suffolk to anoy the yankees so that
General Randson could go doun in
Gats County and get out provisons.
Suffolk is within 19 Miles of
Norfolk. We hav Bin form Camp 15 days
We went to Smithfield on the
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James River, and stayed ten days, And
then we went to Suffolk and
Stayed fiv days. Smithfield is veary
nice place in deed. }
Dear Mother you
Stated your letter that George M. Burrass
had Bough you two bbls of corn. I
Wrote to him to Buy you two bbls of
corn let the price Bee what it might,
I think that you had Better get him
to Buy you one more bbls of corn for
I think that it is cheaper now then
it will Bee in two months form
now, you had ought to try and Buy
you Some more Meat as Sone as you
can. for that will get higher, you
must try and mak your Meat and
corn last you as long as you can. We
only get one third of a pound of Meat a
day. And I hav a plenty. I want to
know weather Pelina is staying
with you yet or not. And want to
Whare all here children at, and want
to know weather you hav to fined
them what they Eat or not } had Better
try and keep Pelina thear with
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you if she will stay. you wanted to
to know what was the matter with
me and Joe Gibison.
theire nothing the matter with me
and Joe. We are as friendly as we
ever was, I must close at present,
Dear Mother thies few lines leaves
me in fine helth at present. exept
a Sore mouth. I hope they may
come to hand and fined you enjoying
the Best of health }

It has Bin reported here in Camp
that Sophia was in the family
way, And I want to know if it is So
or not, But dont say any thing to here
a Bout it, And it reported
that Joel is the Farther of it, you
wanted the cause of my not Writing
to Matilda. I cant hardly tell the
reason that I hav not Writen
to here. But I will Write to heare in
a few days Nothing more at pres
ent, only I Reman your affectionate
Son untill Death }
Edgar Smithwick

March 9, 1864


Co. H, 61st North Carolina Infantry
Residence (County): 
Martin County, NC


Residence (County): 
Martin County, NC


From State: 
From Note: 
"Near Ivor Station"


To State: 
North Carolina
To County: 

Transcription/Proofing Info

Andrea Cudworth
Transcription Date: 
November, 2010
M. Ellis
Proof Date: 
November, 2010

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