South Quay March the 3 1862
My Dear Mary,
I take my pen in hand to drop you a few lines to inform you that I am well. Washington Dickinson is well & he is sitting here in our but making out the paroll. Myself, Wash, Mr. Morrison, Silas Minter, John Ridigs(?). All of us, Wash amongst the rest worked like a tirk. We have cut pine logs and split them open a built our but and we covered it with logs & dirt and the rain & hale commenced fawling yesterday morning just before day. I was on gard. That was not mutch of a job. They do not have but three posts. The gard duty is nothing here but I do not know what time we will be trotted off in double quick time. I do not think that the Yankeys will come up this little creek. It is about thirty feet deep and fifty to one hundred yards wide. I will drop the subject. There is twenty four of our Company is absent, at home on furlogh, some at Suffolk sick. Lieut. John W. Gravely has the typhoid fever. I herd from him last eavening and he was verry sick. He is up at Suffolk in the hospital that I stayed. I went to the hospital Saturday eavening and stayed from then till last Thursday morning. Had the rhumatism severly.
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