In camp near Kinston, NC December the 20 My Dear Mary,
I seat myself this morning to write you a few lines to inform you that I am well with the acception of my right foot. It is not well yet. I expect to have to march today & if I do it will be hard for me to keep with my Regment & if the doctor does not excuse I will have to suffer a great dead from the march. I went to Kinston yesterday eavening to carry some ammunition to the ordnance & the walk there & back caused my ancle to get verry sore. We are ordered to Greensville, about fifty miles from here. Our Regment is going. All the others will stay here. The Yankeys captured seventy five of our men the other day. One of the Lieutenents has bin trying to get out of the army for sometime. He could nto get it, deserted & went to the Yankeys & to them how tot get to our men that had left. The Yankees come and tuck the seventy four men that he left. The Yankees lost 9 men. Our men lost three men. That is the report. I do not nowe whether it is so or not. I am not satisfied by no means. I cant here from home. I have not herd from home since I have bin here. The last letter I got from from I got at Hanover Junction. I would be verry glad to here from you. Write soon & often. So goodbye.
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