Thursday, November 1, 2012

1862 November 2 near Berryville, Va.

                                november 2nd
Camp Near berryville Clark Co
Dear Sister
                  I once more attempt
to write you a few lines to inform
you all that I am still alive and
well and I hope these few lines
will finde you all well and
hearty. I hear the cannons roaring
this morning but I hope I will
not have to face them for they
are about twenty miles off.
Martha I want you to put
pockets to my yankee overcoat
and if it needes any other work
do it and send it to me
Send me one pair of pance and
some socks and any other thing
you see proper to send

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and if I neede any thing else
before I get to cum home I will
write for it.  Tell the boys to
send me some chestnuts by Harvey
Smith and tell me where hayes
and Cummings are  how they are
and tell me about Charles M
Browning and aunt Catharine
and all of our kinfolks gener
ally and tell me how the boys
are getting along farming and
soon and tell me how pa is
he wonte write to me.  Martha
I havent any news to write
all that I can say to you is
that I am well and hearty
and hope to live to see you
all once more so nothing more
at present but remain your
affectionate brother W.R. Gilmer

Martha J. Gilmer

William Rives Gilmer, Co. I, 37th Virginia

MSS 5194

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