Friday, January 25, 2013

1863 January 17 [Chestefield?]

 January 17th 1863 
My Dear Mother
                        I wrote to you a day
or two ago requesting you to send
me some clothes. Especially did I intend
writing for a pr. of pants. I think
I neglected mentioning them. I mean
a pr. of homespun. Please send them
in the box. The object of writing
this note is accomplished. I have
no news that would interest you.
I received a letter from you
day before yesterday – directed to
Fredericksburg. Direct to Chesterfield
Depot hereafter. I slept last
night in our log cabin. It is made
of pine longs, partially as yet chinked &
daubed. We cover it with the flys
we have been sleeping in all the sum-
mer. We will finish chinking & daubing
to day. The news from the west or south west is

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not as good as I thought it was
when I last wrote but still I think
it better than we usually get from
there. If I write more this will not
go to the mail today. My love to all –
                Dear Mother farewell
                              W. H. Perry
P. S. Please send hereafter when
you [write] a sheet of paper & envelope.
I have none & it is difficult to get it.

William H. Perry of the Richmond Howitzers

[transcript by Mary Roy Dawson Edwards]

MSS 7786-g

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