As this is the last opportunity I will have to write
to you for some time and as a good opportunity is afforded
to Front Royal this morning I drop you a line. We will leave
in a few minutes with the entire regiment to go on Pickett
some ten or eleven miles below here near a little place called
Annandale. We received orders at 3 o'clock this morning to
prepare five days provisions to go on Pickett.
I am very sorry I could not get my overcoat before I
left. I do not know what I will do at nights without it.
Ma please send me down a pair of drawers by the very
first opportunity as I have the only pair on now that I
have with me and have been wearing them for a week and torn
in the bargain.
Mr. Steel will give you the news generally. I suppose
you received my little note with the box and boots by Mr.
Boone yesterday. My time is up I must bundle up my bed
clothes and fill my haversack ready to start. Love to all.
Write soon. Your affec. son
R[ichard] B[ayly] B[uck]
Richard Bayly Buck, 1844-1888, sergeant in the Warren Rifles, Co. B of the 17th Virginia Infantry