Sullivan Island S. C.
Oct the 13 1861
Dear Fathe
I take in present opportunity
of Droping you A few lines
to let you no how I am geting
along I am well at this time
& I hope when thes lines reach
you they may fined you enjoying
the same blesing father i am geting
prety well satisfied and I hop
that you will rest satisfied A
about me for I am enjoying
my self the best in the world
though I have the Dierrer
ever once & while whitch
plages me A litle; father I
havent much nuse to write
this time though Ill write
what I can the enemy is still
in site of us father I went over
to the city last friday & see
[????] a city to I saw the gretes
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curositys I ever saw
I went down on the
bay & saw the ships
father ships is the greates
curositys I ever have seen yet
father charleston is aboute
ten Miles squar & it is the
preties & finest place
I ever saw i went in to the
camp & never have seen so
much Money in my life
father our company is geting along
tolible well wee have some
Drunkards & liars & rogues but
thay are few we have the best
set of oficers you have ever
sen & the best in the Regt
excepten none our Colonel
is the best one in the world
father i want you to go to
walhalla & get your salt
when ever it gets their and i gess it
is their by this time you will
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fin it mark in my name
father we have to day pull
two canons three miles and
we had to pull them A
quarter thru the sand & they mired
up to axel tree in the sand
I now will give you some discription
of the Island it is one Mile
wide & it is seven Miles long
& it lies east to A west
coast on the west in their is A
city two Miles long & also
their is forte Moltre and they
hear latly batle A nother larg
batery i dont no what theay
call it now to east their is
Baugards bater whitch about
two hundres yards from this
place & further on the east in
at [ant?] [setle?] their is A
bout ten thousand souders
around about charleston
harbor & at charleston
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Father this makes five leters
I have writen to you &
have receive but one I am
sawery that you havent
writen to me no more than
what you have I would like
to read a leter from you ever
week I want you to take
care of every leter that
you get from me I Must close.
I Remaine your lovly son
until Death
Wm T Martin
Oliver Martin
Dear sister the next
time I get to the city i think
i will have my lickness
taken & send it home

Wm. T. Martin
Mary E. Martin

October 13, 1861


Col. F, 1st Regiment, Orr's Rifles, South Carolina Volunteers
Residence (County): 
Pickens County, SC


Residence (County): 
Pickens County, SC
Residence (County): 
Pickens County, SC


From State: 
South Carolina
From Municipality: 
From County: 


To State: 
South Carolina
To County: 

Transcription/Proofing Info

Jennifer Fields
Transcription Date: 
October, 2008
Michael Ellis
Proof Date: 
November, 2008

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