Camp NearRichmondV.A. May
The 21st 1862
Dear And affectionate Wife
I now Embrace The present opportunity of Dropping you A few lines To let you know That I am well at present Hoping when Those few lines Comes To hand may find you in The Same Said blessing I Recd your kind letter Dated The 9th which found me well and Still hope To Continue in The same I have nothing of Intrest to write at This Time only To let you know whare we are And how we are Doing I Dont Think from The sines of The Time That we will leave here shortly I would be glad if we Could Stay here for awhile as we are all Satisfyed with Marching for a while we have A Butifull place here for Camping a large Scope of woods we have made it a Grove it is well shaded I Dont Think we will be cauled for Shortly General Johnston is Just watch ing The Enemys moves To know when to face Them The whole Army is Comming here a Round Richmond in order To bee Ready for Any Attack that may take place
This is a Butifull morning here The leaves are all about grown and The appearances of The T—? Looks favorable more so Them for some Time I Recd a letter from Brother Eli Bost yesterday The only letter That I Recd from any of my Brothers Cince I Bin in the Army whether it is Through neglect or what I Cant tell but They may have There own Reasons for not writing as for my part Some Times it seams like They have All Together forgoten me Still I have Some Brothers whare Ever I have binn yet or showed as such I am glad That my time will soon Expire not That I wish for To Shorten my Time in The least Only That I would like to See who is left Back about Newton I judge it looks very Dry about Then nothing Thare and nothing a Doing Rais All The Garden stuff That you Can for All kind of nesessarys of life will be in Command quickly as I fear That Time is Just Commensing to pinch nothing To what They will
be but try and manage So That you Can live A while yet it wont be long I hop till we will see Each other Again I am looking for some more letters from you with Envelopes in Them I have only One yet That I Brought with me when I returned I all so got A letter from L.G. Whitman he is in Golds Borough I Don’t Think That Logan likes it very well from his funny letter he wrote A Bout his white Bacon and peas he says That he wants me too Call and See him logan has not forgoten his old Tricks yet tell Mrs. Whitman That logan is well and wants me to Call over and see him ___ I must Close by saying write Soon and let me here from The times as I have nothing new to Read at This Time So I must Close tell The Children Howdy for me for I cant Do any Thing more for Them at This Time I would like to see little Sissy I have a little Bull Run Ring for her That I made my self That I will give her when I come Home She must bee a good Girl.
fare well Dear wife for This Time
Excuse me for not writing more
Your Husband till Death separates
Source: Many thanks to Bethany Green of UNC Wilmington for her transcription of the letters from W.R.D. Bost ofNewton,NC. Original in the collections of the Catawba County Historical Association.