Camp near Richmond
July the 24th 1862
Dear Wife I take the pleasur of writing you a few lines this eavning to in form you that I am well now and have bin since I left Ncarolina. I have bin able to kepe up and help to cook tho I cant do any other duty. I can hop that these few lines will come to hand and find you and the family enjoying the best of health. I have nothing of importance to write. Times is quite heer at this time tho I donte now how long the will remain so untill pease is mad. Som is of the opinin that the most of the fighting is don as to my on parte I cant say tho I am in hospital is far I am tiard of the war & I want to be home with you all and am in hopes of so.
I can in form you that this is the forth letter that I sent to you and have never receive but one from you. If you haint got enough money for the postage I will send you some then you can write me until you stop.
Dear Wife I want you to send me som soape and tobacco. Tobaco is wirth one dollar and soape 2 dollars. We have quite a desir if anything at all and whiskey is too much. I want you to tell Mr. Plesent that I am in hopes that I will get home in time a nuff to help him drink som of his cider and Brandy. So I will close nothing more and by remaining your affectionate Husband untill death.
G. A. Williams
Sources: Christopher Watford, ed. The Civil War in North Carolina: Soldiers’ and Civilians’ Letters and Diaries, 1861-1865, Volume 2. (Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company, Inc., 2003). Original in Williams-Womble Papers, NC State Archives, Raleigh.