Harpers Ferry Jefferson
May the 12 th 1861
Dear freinds I take my pen in
hand to Drop you a few lines to inform
you that I am well and enjoying
good helt. We are all rite yet we
havent had any attact here
yet the army is accumilateing
verry fast we have at this time
near Six thousand trupes and
more Comeing in evry train
We are Bilding a fort on the loudon
higteshights when the Bobilitions [1]
run [us?] from the Ferry we will
retreat to our fort Mr Stickley
I am getting verry tired of this
place We have enugh of meet and
Bread to eat But this Dus not
Soot my apitite at all tims I wish
you would Send me something
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good to eat Richard Soner [Stoner?]
will Be Down here on Friday
he is going up on Wednesday I
wish you would have my shirt
washed and Send it Beck
By Dick Sonner and I will
Reward you for your Kindness
Sometime or other We are
expecting an attact here Soon
if they will wait one week
yet we will be redy to
Receive them we will get the
fort Done in thre Days yet
and then it will take all
the power of the north to
take us we have plenty
of Beef here now they took
150 head of Cattle yesterday
and 10 horses they were
going on to Washington from
ohio – we expect to eat them
all yet
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Give my Respeks to
Misses Stickley and all
the rest of the Famly
tell Ezra to Send me that
letter that is Due me on our
old Corespondence and I will
rite him something that he
would like to here I know
yesterday a man By name of
Garet appropriated $30.000
Dollars for to help Pay the
Solders he lives fore miles
from the ferry We had 10
Speeches here to Day on the
Subject of Secesion Give
my love to the Brothers and
Sisters at Walnut Spring [2]
nothing more at this time
rite Soon I Remain your
Brother in the lord
William H Miller To
Mr Levi Stickley
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Mr Stickley you Will
please Send me
one Dollar By Mr Soner
and oblige me

  1. From of the word “abolition” derived from a mispronunciation
  2. Walnut Springs Christian Church, Strasburg, Va.
May 12, 1861


Co. A, 10th Virginia Infantry
Residence (County): 
Shenandoah County, VA


Residence (County): 
Shenandoah County, VA


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Bambi Whitaker
Transcription Date: 
September, 2013
M. Ellis
Proof Date: 
September, 2013

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