Camp 1st NC Infantry
Friday March 18th 64
Louisa affectionate sister,
I take my pen in hand to write you a few lines for I know if you could write you would be sure to write me a letter. I am well at this time wishing these few lines may reach you and find you all well.
I have nothing of any importance to write but I will write something maybe it would be interesting to you. Last Sunday a cold windy day and our brig was on picket and the soldiers as they would pass by they would have the wind blow off their hats and they had nothing to do but pick up their hats. Their would be a few haw haws over it and all would be all right. Finally on Monday the 4th Brig (Louisianans) came to relieve us and about 2 oclock we started back to camp and the closer to camp we got the faster the men walked. And when I got almost to camp I stumped my toe and fell down but I had nothing else to do but get up and go on.
We got to camp and since then I have been enjoying the good of my cabin ever since. It has been tolerable cool weather lately and it seemed right pleasant to be in a cabin. The next day after I got to camp I washed my clothes. I washed them with the soap you sent me from home, that ought to last me all summer.
The more coffee and sugar that we draw does me a great deal of good but I do not know how long we will draw it. I have me a boiler I carry with me on the march to make coffee in. I also carry me a little friar made out of a half a canteen which I carry to fry my meat in. I have my knife & spoon up yet and expect to carry them through the summer if I should live. If you have a chance you might send me a piece of ham.
Rufus Jones got off home. He took my blanket but did not take my vest. I do not know where he will leave it he will probably leave it at Statesville. You recollect my writing about John Estes. I rec’d a letter from him written with his left hand. He is now going to school at home and I recon enjoying himself as well as could be expected with his arm off. I am as ever
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 Calvin Leach Papers, Southern Historical Collection, UNC-Chapel Hill.