April 2nd 1864
Camp of the 18th NCT
I again attempt to write you not in anser to a letter from you for I have not had any intelligence from home cince I left onley what I heard through other letters I have wrote home. All so A.J. has don the same. If you have not got them you should have written us any how. I expected to git some letters when J.E. Luther came back but I failed to do so and I have all most sworn off even writing home any more if I knew you had not started me a letter. Yet I would bind to my oath but as I have a better opinion of you I will try you alittle longer and see if you think any thing of me. I don’t think that you have mutch right to think anything of me but still if you don’t I think you could write me a while any how. I think this will do on this subject so I will stop these rarmkes etc.
Cis I will now give you a sketch of the times. I can inform you that we have the most rain and snow I ever saw. It is raining and snowing now the wind blowin etc. As for rations, it is like Pap says we draw only what we by and make it do. I guess we make the wilde onions git up and git. We fish a goode part of our time and that is a vary good traid, mutch like where you live. We jeneraly have fisherman’s luck, a wet ass, and a hungry gut.
Governor Vance is in our Brigade. He was to speak yesterday. The weather would not admit it then today is worse than yesterday and I don’t know when he will speak.
I have no news from the 53rd as late as 27th March. The boys are all quite stout and harty. I saw P.W. & J.E.L. with others of your acquaintances yesterday. They are in good health. My self with A.H. are vary stout and harty. I trust you, father and mother and the rest of my friends are well in good health etc. etc. Write me as soon as you git this. Give me a long and interesting letter. Let it contain the important news from home and Wiles. Give me the account of our private affairs etc. As I have no news to write I will soon close. I remain your
Affectionate brother until death
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 Proffit Family papers, Southern Historical Collection, UNC-Chapel Hill.