Camp Bunker Hill VA
August 2nd 1864
Dear Father, Mother Brothers and sister. I now have the opportunity of writing you a few lines informing you that I am still alive and doing the best I can I have been very unwell for the last four days but am now recuperating and soon will be able for dutie in a day or two out troops are all in good health generaly and fine spirits they have been so successful in this summers campaigns that they think the war is all most over and I think the long looked for and soon hoped for will appear next spring and that is peace and freedom independence once more is all we ask to be a happy people.
Persons before this war didn’t know what it was to be happy nor they did not know when they were doing well. But if we have the pleasure of being a free people I think we will all appreciate our happy condition more dearly than we ever have here to fore. But it is impossible for me to try to tell you any thing about the war for you havnt got the slightest idea how people do live in the army. I received one letter from J.F. Gibson that gave sad news that is that Martha was dead. I was shocked when I heard it not hearing of being sick at all. But that is the road we have to travel the rode to death, life is uncertain but death is sure. He that giveth taketh away and we should rejoice in all his doings. At least she is better off than any of us she is at rest I hope out of the troubles of this world. She appeared to be the pet of our family and was the youngest of us all. The almighty knows what is best. Well I will close for the present by asking you to give my very best respects and tell them to all write to me soon. We have had but little time to write since we have been in this campaign. I would not have time now if it was not that I am not able to work. But I am not able to work and I am trying to ancer my letters. I want you to write soon and we now how you are getting with these hard times yours most respectfully till death direct as heretofore
Source: Christopher Watford, ed. The Civil War in North Carolina: Soldiers’ and Civilians’ Letters and Diaries, 1861-1865, Volume 1.