Camp near orange CH Va
Feb the 8th 1864
It is with pleasure that I am one more time blest with the opertunity of riting to you. I am well at present and hoping these lines will find you all well and doing well. I have some nuse to rite. The yankeys has bin trying to come a cross the river but they dident git a cross. They had a nice little skirmish yesterday but we drove them back and took one peace of artillery from them and kild severil yankeys. We had a tolerable hard march last night. They are looking for a Big fite in NC that is all the nuse I have to rite.
Well I will tell you a bout Marien. Him and Calvin Testerman is sent to Richmond and a tolerable hard punishment on them. They are to do hard laber and ware a ball and chain. Well mother you said in your leter that Calvin Childers had rote to his mother that he dident git the things that she sent to him. I will tell you he got every thing that was sent to him and if he rote that he rote a lie and a damd one at that and if you don’t believe me rite to George Blackmon and Jrry and they will tell you the same. So I will wind up with the hope that in a reasonable time I may here from you.
To Prier Sexton
A few lines to Nancy
After respects to you I can say that I am well and harty hoping these lines reach you in due time and find you well and doing well. I was sorry to here that father was sick. I hope the next time I here from you that all will be well. I will tell you I have bin faring tolerable well sence you left. We don’t git mutch to eat now. We had a tolerable hard march yester day but we are back in camp to day. So no more only I still promise my selfe your Brother Thornton Sexton to Nancy Welch
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 Thornton Sexton Letters, Duke University Special Collections Library.