September the 7


Dear father And mother an Sister

I Seat my Self down to drop you

afew lines to let you know that

i am well at present hoping when

theas few lines comes to hand they

may find you enjoying the same

kind blessing I am at Salsberry and

I will Stay hear tell Monday and

we will gow to Ralleigh and Stop

their a day or two I dont exspect

we will get to Richman before the

last of the week it may be that

we will get their agence wesday

I got hear abowt twelve oclock Saturday

I will tell yow how we faird last

night we slep in the old feild with

owt any tents over us I Spred down

my bed tick and Spred my blanket

over me I Rested very well they put

out gards they put nine out our

Company henry allen Jack Allen

henderson allen I did

not have to Stand gard when

I get down to richman I will write

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I have nowthing partictoler to write

only this is a wright smart place

hear I have Saw Some yankees

hear I Saw two yankees doctors scienc

I come hear they was mighty nice

looking men they men Say that

they war will soon end I had a

docter say that we wonint have

to fight any atall he seiad that

the yankees army was cut all to

peaces I hope we will get back

before long The Reasin we will

have to Stop at Ralleigh is

our provision will give out

and we will have to Stop

to cook up anough to do us to

Richman dick proctor is sick he is

allitle better to day tell grany

peple that I am well at

present and uncil William

and uncil John and Mr

Jackman I am well and

fany Cashion and babe

I am well tell them I

wood like to see them all

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well grany [1] I Seat my self 

down to drop you afew lines 

to let yow now that I am

well at present hoping

when theas few lines comes

to hand they find you

enjoying the Same Kind

blessing tell ant Sarh and

ant milly I wood like to

See them all

grany I wood

have writ more to

you but I hant any

chant[?] I am Siting

at a tab writing now

So no more at

present bwt Remaing

your freind tell

Death william H

Brotherton to Poly


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tell James and catherine and

mother I will come up and

see them before long I think

if nothing hapin Show this

to them

So now moore at

present bwt remaing your

freind tell death

from william

Brotherton to Thomas


So far well at the



  1. his grandmother, Polly Howard, was born ca. 1787 and lived in neighboring Lincoln County
September 7, 1862


Co. K, 23rd North Carolina Infantry
Residence (County): 
Catawba County, NC


Residence (County): 
Catawba County, NC
Residence (County): 
Catawba County, NC
Name Variant: 
Goes by Elizabeth, Betsy
Residence (County): 
Catawba County, NC


From State: 
North Carolina
From Municipality: 


To State: 
North Carolina
To County: 

Transcription/Proofing Info

Michael Ellis
Transcription Date: 
October, 2011
M. Ellis
Proof Date: 
November, 2011

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