Sept 22nd 1862 Richmon Va
Dear wife I Rec. yours of the 13th just yesterday & was happy to here that you and the children was all well. Your letter found me well & this leaves me the same. I was sorry to hear that Aunt Edney was unwell. I have Received three letters from you & one from father is all since I left home. You stated you had sent four letters. I have Rec. Three, you have got all I have written. We arrived here last evening. I do not know what is the name of the Camp. It is about 2 & half miles from Richmon on the road from Richmon to Drurah Bluff. I do not know how long we will stay here. I don’t expect many days. We may haft to go to Williamsburg. They have been fiting there & have cut our forces bad or that is the Rumer. In camp I have been looking for a letter from my uncle Mathew but have not seen it. I want him to write. You said you got the money I sent you but did not state the amount. I want you to pay Isom Bayty that note I owe him. I have got my wages from the time I volunteered up to the first of July wich made $26.76 there 2 months wages that will be Drawn in a few days that will $22.00 & when I draw that I send you some more if I have a good chance. I want all my debts paid if you think you wont need the money. If there is any thing sold at Mats sale that you want to buy it let it Bring what it will. I would be glad to be there. I could tell you more in one hour than I could write in a day. I want you to write to me how the corn crop is & what Uncle thinks you better do to fatten more hogs than will do you or to sell them. I want you to be sirtan to prepar anuf for you & the children for twelve months if you think you wont have corn anuf engage it soon. I don’t write this because I think uncle Mathew will do all he can, it is because I want to know what arrangements is made. I wrote to father the other day to tell uncle Mathew to do as he thought best with the colt if Loggans will not take him for his Fred. You can direct our letters as before & they will come if we move from here soon.
I will write as soon as we get stationed. I guess there is more confusion there than is here. They are very calm here, if they were called on to fire, I think we would do it quite chirful or they talk that way. I must bring my letter to close. I don’t know of any thing more that would interest you & don’t that what I have wrote will for is so scattered but you must excuse me for I have a bad chance this morning. Write soon & often give me all the news. You did not say whether Howard kild Foster or not. I suppose he did if he shot the boddy so no more at present but Remain Your
Husband untill Death
J.W. Armsworthy to
Sources: Christopher Watford, ed. The Civil War in North Carolina: Soldiers’ and Civilians’ Letters and Diaries, 1861-1865, Volume 1. (Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company, Inc., 2003).