Orange County, VA August the 27 (1863)
My Dear Mary,
I take the pleasureul opportunity of answering you kind letter of the seventeenth. You see the same anvellop (envelope). I recieved you letter the 26 day of August. It was maled at Danville the 24 of (A)ugust. I have no news to write of any importance. The Yanks are opporating out in South Carolina. They have battered down Fourt Sumpter so the paper states. I am in hopse they will fight there the balance of the war. Virginia has suffered her part of this war. It is getting time for South Carolina to begin to taste some of the bitter parts of this sinful ware. You say that you have not recieved but one letter from me since the Gettersburg fight. I have written to you
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