Tuesday, January 29, 2013

1863 January 23 Guinea's Station

  Camp Near Guinea’s Station
                                       Jan’y 23rd 1863
My Dear Father
                        More time than usual has lapsed
than usual since I wrote to you. But from
circumstances almost unavoidable. We left
our camp at sundown one week ago & reached
this place the following evening. I expected the
wagons with my knapsack containing my station-
ary – would follow immediately – but they are still
at camp & I have no stationary here. We moved
in consequence of an apprehended attack
caused by some demonstrations of the
enemy. We hope however soon to return
to our old camp. I spent only one week
in my house & that was longer term
than any one else staid in their’s, as ours
was the first done. We are about six miles
from Fredericksburg.
     I am much obliged to you for your
offer but do not desire a paper sent me.
We get them in camp every day & we
move so often that I would soon cease
to get one sent by mail. I am also un-
willing that one of your negroes should
be in camp with me. One of my
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company leave in the morning for
Richmond. I have just heard it & write
by fire light, that he may mail this in
Rd. [Richmond]. I also send by him to McKinney
& Duprey for the box which you
wrote me would be started from
home the first of this week. Tho’
I have received no letter from
you since I hope a letter tomorrow
from you as some one has gone
to our old camp to return then.
      The bearer of this returns in a few
days. I have nothing in the
news line to write. Assurances of
my most devoted love is unnecessary
Give my most sincere love to
Mother George & all.
                      Most affly. yr. son
                                W.H. Perry Jr.
P. S. I fear my letter caused Mother to trouble her-
self too much trying to get the clothes she sends ready
too early. I am sorry if it did. But a pr. of pants
[The following is written in the side margin on page 2.]
will be very acceptable just now if they come.

William H. Perry, Richmond Howitzers

[transcript by Mary Roy Dawson Edwards]

MSS 7786-d

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