Wednesday, February 6, 2013

1863 February 2-3 near Franklin

[written on a U.S. Military Telegraph form]

camp near franklin
Delia feb the 2 1863
Dear frend  I take my pen
in hand to write you a few lines
to let you no that you I am well
hoping these few lines may finde you
all well I recived your letter of the
18 and was glad to here that you
was all well I was glad to here
that you got a letter from E L J

[paper torn in two obliterating most of next line]
      was sorry to that here that
he was porley  I got one letter
from him since I ben here I rote
him on the 24 Jan  I donte like
to stay here at tall we had a
battle and we larst our colnel
poge peet [burnard?] had his foot
shot but the docter sed his
foot wold have to be cut off
but I hope it will not haveto
be done I wasnt in the battle
I was in camp wyth the bagge
I want to come home verry but
I dont no when I can I want to see

[page 2]
    fedruary the 3 1862
I will tell you about the wether
it is raining here this morning
fast and cold I thought of the
woman folks thies morning what
hard times that see sutch wether
as this I herd this morning that
peet Daven[?]    foot was cut foo[sic]
the 2  I herd no news to rite
theis time I will close by say
ing Excusing my bad writing
and spelling your frend un
            till death

        H A H to
                 D B Jessup

[in margins around page one]

To yancy and persilluh [?] but yancey you must plant a
heap of potatos I think [?] and
we will be at home by that time  this is my own hand rite
and it is the first letter I
Ever rote

Colonel Thomas Poague, 50th Virginia, was killed in action at Kelly's Ford, January 30, 1863

Henry A. Hefflefinger, Co. K, 50th Virginia to Delilah P. Jessup

MSS 13257

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