Camp near Fredericksburg
Deer farther and family
I take my sete this morning to let you know I am well & hope this may come to hand and find you all well. I haveint heard from home since John Sutton came back. I am looking for George every minite. I think he must be coming. I wood like to see him so I cood her from home. I am uneasy about home. Maby I will git a leter from home this eavning.
I havint much news to write to you. Every thing is quiet along the lines but I don’t know how long it will be so. We was revewed yesterday by old Gen. Lee and Lieut General A.P. Hill. The hole division was in the field. You will her from it in a few days. Hill is promoted to lieutenant gen. He is in G. Jacksons place. He is a fine looking man.
They have run in lots of troops from NC for what I cant tell. We will cross the river which I expect we will be fore long. I hope not for I don’t want to cross the river if we was too so many wood be killed in crossing the river and will cut us to pieces on the bridge. But if they say to go we will go and I think we will hafta stay her as long as we lived. When you her about the battle at chancellorsvill whar we whip old fighthing Joe and can whip him agin if he comes over the River any mor.
Farther you must write to me and write me all the news and report how you have got along about stilling for a can her and behave. I wood like to know all about it for I can’t be satisfied till I her from you. Harris cood not tell me anything.
I will wiat till the mail comes to send this. If I don’t get a leter from hom, I wrote this one and it makes 4 since the fight. The brigade mail boy was arrested and confined for breaking open leters. He is to be shot I reckon. He belongs to the 22 NC Reg. He stold lots of my mail. The mail has come and I got a leter from may but none from home. I hope I will git one to read from you! I will close this time.
Your absent son till deth
Source: 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 G. W. Griffin Papers, North Carolina State Archives.