Camp near Richmond Va

August 14th 1862

My Dear wife

It is with pleasure

I seat myself to write you again

we left secessionville on last saturday

and came to charleston on sunday

we left there that night for va

on the Northeastern Rail Road

on monday evening we arrived at

Wilmington North Carolina there we

stoped imtill Tuesday 10 oclock then

we taken the Wilmington and

Weldon Rail Road we passed throu

-gh Goldsboro and got to Weldon that

night stoped there untill wednesday

7 oclock there we taken the Peters

-burg Road we got to Petersburg

that day about 12 oclock in the

evening we taken the Richmond

Road and arrived last night

at 10 oclock at the capital of the

Southern confederacy we are now

encamped near that place. it is

only two miles to the center of

the city from our camps

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you may think you have seen poor

lands but the lands in North

Carolina can beat any thing I ever

saw for sorry Jack Baughhman

has got better land than any

I saw in N. ca though there

is some very pretty Towns in

that state Wilmington is a very

fine looking place it is situated

on the cape fair River. Goldsboro

is the best looking place I saw

untill I got to Richmond I

passed through several villages

but have not time to mention

them now There is the finest

houses in Richmond that ever I

saw in my life I went this

morning and looked at the

Washington monument on the

citidel square it is a beautiful

peice of Architechture with Washing

ton mounted on his horse some twenty

feet from the ground

we came the whole rout with out

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any accident hapening to any

one at all. I do not know how

long we will remain at this place

or where we will go from here

If I am spared to return

home I would not take no sum

for what I have seen

Dear Martha I do not want yow

to grieve on the acount of my

being so far from home for if

I had staid at secessionville

there would have been no chance

for me to have come home and

it is no worse now nor we are

in no more danger here either

I want you to take the best

care of your self and the

children you can and get

what yow want to use as long as

there is any thing on the place

to get it with and when I get

my pay if there is any chance

I will send to yow yow must

show the to Father and the girls

as I can write to but one this

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time you must kiss Jimmy and

Ida for me I must close by

saying this leaves me well and

I hope it may find you the

children and Fathers family

all well also Johns people may

God bless yow all. your ever

affectionat husband

Joseph .A. Drummond

Direct your letters to

Richmon virginea Col Glovers

Regt Thompsons comp


all the boys f[r]om the

Branch are well and doing


August 14, 1862


Co. G and Co. E, 1st South Carolina Infantry
Residence (County): 
Barnwell County, SC


Residence (County): 
Barnwell County, SC


From State: 
From County: 


To State: 
South Carolina

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Michael Ellis
Transcription Date: 
December, 2012
Michael Ellis
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