My Dear Sister,
Though I’ve Just written
a long letter to Pa, I’ll write to you this evening,
but I will not be able to give you much news.
I went to the catholic church this morning, the house
was crowded, it is a very fine church. There will
be preaching this evening on the parade ground, but
I ca n’t go as I was away this morning, we are
not allowed to go away in the morning & evenings too.
We have n’t drilled any to day, & I hope we will not drill
any more on Sundays hereafter, for I do n’t think it
is necessary…….. I saw Cousine Will Ashby this
morning, have nt seen cousine Will Russel for a day or two.
I have good many acquaintances here. I met with
Garnette Wil^’l’is som[e]time ago, I did n’t know him.
he is a very nice fellow……The Co (Bob Freeman
Cap) that we are quartered with, is the worst & rowdiest
set in the place. I reckon, there is not more than
five or six nice fellows in the co. they’ve had three fights
amongst themselves since we got here, two of them
had a big fight this evening , & a one got his arm
broken a few days ago fighting. We do n’t associate
with them, anymore than we can help.
It is reported about here today that Maryland has seceded
but there are so many false reports now that I do n’t
know how to believe it, hope it is so, but I reckon
if it is true, there will be some fighting soon somewhere.
I’ve never thought we were going to have a fight here yet
but once, & that was the night we were all called out &
it was said that the enemy was in sight, I thought
then we were certainly going to have a fight. I do n’t
believe we are going to have a fight here at all now.
Five hundred Mississipians are expected this evening
& eight hundred more tomorrow, a great many of
their arms arrived this evening.
Joe & I’ll have our daguerrotypes taken whenever we can
get off together, & will send it home by the first opportuni-
ty……………I do n’t do much washing now my
self, I only wash my handkerchiefs & towels, I have my
shirts & colars washed out. I’ll send all of my ^ ‘white’ shirts
home, but one by the first opportunity, & the other things
that I do n’t need. My new pants & jacket fits
me first rate. Tell ^ ‘Miss’ Mary Walker that Joe thinks his
pants are made very nicely, they fit very well.
I know you broke yrself down working for us, for
I’m certain you worked as hard as any body else.
I think we have the prettiest flag here now, we’ve
carried ^ ‘it’ out twice……………….Our fare has be
improved a goodeal lately, the cooking is a good deal
much better, but it is still Beef. Mr. Bickers, Joe,
Marcelus, Jesse Porter & myself bought a “Jug of Molasses”
day before yesterday, so we’ve been faring very well
since. Joe & I got a cup of milk yesterday, three cents
a cup, & some pies, which we enjoyed very much.
I think I would enjoy a piece of corn bread very muc^’h’
I’ve not seen a piece since I left home atall.
A fine lot of [-] passed just now, that were
stopped here last night on the way to Baltimore, I
wish they had been hogs, as they are for us.
A part of the Mayrland Legislature arrived to day, they
came to see Col Jackson & co, & are now at Head Quarters,
they number about fifty I believe.
I intended writing to cousine Julia, but as Mr. B.
has written & I have very little time, I will put
off writing until some other time, tell her not
to be uneasy about Mr. Bickers, his cough is better,
I am in hopes that Cap. Murry will get him off
when he returns. I must stop now. My best
love to Miss Daisy, & Lute Payne & all of my lady
friends. I was sorry to hear of Lutes complaining
hope she is well by this. I will try to take
good care of myself. Love to all at home, to yrself
& all of the Blacks. write soon to yr devoted &
most aff Bro.
Miss Helen M. Jones
Louisa CH P.E. Jones
Va Harpers Ferry.