February the 5, 1864 Camp near Kinston My Dear Mary,
I seat myself this morning to write you a few lines to let you know how I am getting along in the swampy contry. I suffer a great pain from my sore foot. I am verry well with that one acception. I am as fat as a house pig. I would like verry well to come to see you, my little George but there is no chance without I run away & come without leave. I had almost as live as to do that but I must see you in cource of three months from this time. You must take good care of youself. This ware is bound to go up to spout in the cource of twelve months. You must not be uneasy about me. I will do the best I can for myself. You if I get killed you may be satisfied that I could not help it. If the enemy gets me I will be better off than I am at the preasent. You are aware of that fact I recon. They have bin to Newborn to take back form the Yankees but they found the Yankees two well fortified for us. If they had have tried it, our men would have lost the last man. You have no eyedier how large they have got their guns to defend Newborn. The boys ses that Yankees had sixteen in some of ther forts. Picet found it would
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