Viana Auggust the 8 1861
Dear father Brother and sisters
I seat my self to rite you a few
lines to let you no how we ar geting
a long i am well my Self Press
ly is sick he is takeing the mesels
James Alewine has got the mesels
i hav not got much to rite at this time
ther is a grate deal of sickness her
ther is fifty of our company got
the mesels hav not taken them yet
but i do not no hou soon i may take
them ther is five of my mess sick Hi Ra
m Burton has got the fever J Simson
and Henry hap low they ar Both Sick my
friend liewis clink scale has got the [1]
mesels ther But very excite ment
her lin cons trops hav gon over pe to
mic or the most of them i do not think
that We Wil half to fight eny
Son We ar moving this evening
a Bout a half a mile from wher viana
to see if We Will get Beter ther is more
than half of the Redgment sick now
all that is sick Wil go to Sha[??] to
morrow and the[n] i Will Be lomsom all
my Bet friends ar sick S M Bomen has
Been sick But he is got Well and come
Bac to the camp ther is a grate meny death
her We ar fifteen miles from Washington
and a Bout ten miles from alex andrea five
miles from farfax Wil not say aneything
a Bout the Battels that has Been faught
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We hav daud our maney We got 27 dolars
and a half for our survis and 21 for to Bie
our cloths With We hav send to South
carolina for a unaform it Wil Be cut
at ABbevill C H at fairingtons Shop
i Want to go to the corthouse and get it
and hav it made and Pressly all so and
tell James Alewines folks to get his and
make it at his Request and i Want
you make me a good Par of Shoos and send
them to me and a par of Breaches Wool wons
and too Par of socks and send Pressly
the same and a par of drawers apeace
if James [Cramth?] and calvin Alewine
coms to virgina send it with them we see a hard time her
We half to pay from 20 to 50 cts for
envellops and 40 cents for papar
every thin is so high We cant bie it her
we half to pay 25 cents for Butter and
25 cents a peace for chickens and a 25 cens a lbs
for honey and aint to be got at that
per vision is scearce her and likely to be
scearced for virgina is fool of trops it is
reported that lincons men took six
of our cavelry the other day they was
led by a man the name of means he
has run a way he had beterd Stay away
nerley all the citazens has ru away and
lef ther property behind We ar in
about seven miles from the enemy We ar
the advance forces of the petomic We
ar in a dangerous Place for ther is but four
Redgment her the rest is about 5 mil
[remainder of letter missing]

  1. Private L. C. Clinkscales of Co. D
August 8, 1861


Co. D, 7th South Carolina Infantry
Residence (County): 
Abbeville County, SC


Residence (County): 
Abbeville County, SC


From State: 
From Municipality: 
From County: 


To State: 
South Carolina
To County: 

Transcription/Proofing Info

Gemma Bellhouse
Transcription Date: 
June, 2010
Michael Ellis
Proof Date: 
October, 2010

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