"I of course was glad to hear from you again..."
I'm finally back at it! I'm sorry it's been a long break between entries but I'm giving the project a go again~ hope you're still with me!
We pick up in the spring of 1863 at Philip's camp near White Oak Church. He has just received a letter from Roby and is responding to her on April 14th. It's his usual 4 page letter with a post script written upside-down. Enjoy!
"Camp near White Oak Church
Apr 14th 1863
My Dearest Wife
I received your kind and welcome letter 2 or 3 days ago and I of course was glad to hear from you again ~ We are all well as usual and feeling good(,) the weather is splendid and been for some days it has been like summer ~
Of course, that was not the last campaign for the war had only begun in earnest at that point. Little did Philip know he had two long years ahead of him...
"I wrote to Willie Fitch again this morning I got one from him a day or two ago ~ We all have to wear a badge on our caps to distinguish our caps from another so if we get killed or wounded they can take us to our own hospital(.) Our Corps the 6th is a blood red cross(,) the 1st Corps is a red circle the size of a penny(.)
I shall not be home nowuntill after the fight if I live through it(.) I have been very busy all morning getting ready I have made a pocket in my jacket to carry my Bible in which I carry yours and Georgies Likeness so if I get wounded and I lose my Knapsack I have yours likenesses with me~~
I have throwed away about 25 dollars worth of clothing this morning but maybe I shall get it again but I must close this I have a good deal to do yet..."
Prepping for battle yet again after a long, boring winter...
The letter continues at 7 o'clock his time but that will have to wait for my next post!
Keep checking and I promise to get back up to speed with the writing!
Until next time....