State of VA camp near Oring
March the 7 1864
Dear Wife it is by the blessing of god that I am premited to drop you a few lines to let you know that I am not rite welt at this time and I hope when those few line come to hand they may find you well and the children both well and doing well. Dear Wife I had to march the first day of the month barefoot and I wore the skin off my feet and frose them and my toe nailes will come off and they paine me all most to death you never sich feet I got. Dear Wife I received you letter and the thing you sent with Miller and I was glad to git them and I was glad to hear from you one more time but sorrow to hear that you meat was stole from you. Dear Wife I wood be glad to se eyou and talk with you for I have Shed a tear for you for it greave me all most to death to think that you have to stay by you self at home and I have to stay out here for I have to suffer so much here for I have to eat dry come bread half of my time. Dear Wife I wood like to come home and stay with you and the children for I havt got but two letter from home since I left but the one you sent went miller and if the money is no count that I sent home you must do the best you can with it. I want you to write to me a bout the time at home. So no more at this time but remember your husband untell death
From E.L. Sowers to N.A. Sowers
**** (Edward L. Sowers died of disease near Spotsylvania on May 17, 1864)
Source: Christopher Watford, ed. The Civil War in North Carolina: Soldiers’ and Civilians’ Letters and Diaries, 1861-1865, Volume 1. Original in the Davidson County Historical Museum.