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Head a u a r t e r s Sam? llc Dowell
F a l l s Church V i a J u l y 7 t h 1861
Dear SUSS^^
You s e e by my heading t h a t we a r e s t i l l a t t h e o l d canp.
L a s t nllqht I was on Guard a t t h e hcuse as I yeste:-day w r ~ t es h i l e t h e r e
and t h i s morning I came o f f and have been s l e e p i w n e a r l y a l l t h e forenoon.
I t Is now a f t e r dinner.
I t i s p r e t t y warm here today, Gur new
B r i g a d i e r Gen. Keys reviewed o u r 3 e g 1 t . l s s t n l ~ h tjust before Dress
Parade. He was w e l l p l e a s e d - w i t h t h e ,4eg1t. and s c i d t h a t he was g l a d
t h a t we were so w e l l armed. Gen. T y l e r t o l d 51!m t h a t we were h i s 8oys
and he expected a g r e a t d e a l from us.
I had sone new a p ~ l a sy e s t e r d a y ,
They were n e a r l y r i p e and they t a s t e d t h e most l i k e apl;les of anything
that I have e a t e n a i n c e I l e f t home. B l a c k b e r r i e s a r e r i p e h e r e , I
have picked my f i l l s e v e r a l times I n t h e f i e l d s . I t i s t h e Sabbath and
as u s u a l i t seems very l i t t l e l i k e it. Though I c s a n o t f o r g e t you nor
yo-r d e a r church p r i v i l e g e s a t home on t h i s day. The per? a r e g e n e r a l l y
i n good s p i r i t a notwithstanding t h e p r o s p e c t s t h e r e i s of a f i g h t Bery
soon. You may d i r e t your l e t t e r s a e u s u a l u n t i l f u r t h e r n o t i c e . They
w i l l probably be b,rbught
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t o t h e Reg't. wherever i t i s . As I s a i d
y e s t e r d a y i n my l e t t e r I may not be s i t u a t e d so that I can w r i t e a f t e r
we move b u t I f i t i s p o s s i b l e I a h a l l do so, We a r e t o move without
o u r camp t a k i n g nothing b u t o u r knapsacks and o u r Haversacks i n which
we carny o u r r a t l o n e , Our movement8 w i l l be r a p i d and we w i l l probably
t a k e up o u r lodging8 wherever we can f i n d them. I understand through
some o f t h e men t h a t t h e y had a good p r a y e r meeting l a s t e9e b u t as I
was on Guard I could n o t a t t e n d . There v i l l be p u b l i c s e r v i c e h e r e
The mail has j u s t
t h i s afternoon,
We l i k e o u r Chaplain v e r y much.
a r r i v e d and as t h e r e i s no l e t t e r f o r me a n d s h a l l consequently have
none t o answer, and a s I can t h i n k of nothi (1% more t o w r i t e I suFpose
I might as w e l l c l o s e up my l e t t e r .

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Dear Guasie - I l e a v e you i n t h e b n d s of a kind providence who doeth
a l l t h i n g s well. I f u l l y b e l i e v e t h a t if i t i s f o r o u r good t h a t I
sheikld be r e t u r n e d s a f e l y t o you I s h a l l be, so put your trust i n God
and pray f o r me while I w i l l continue t o t r u s t him and pEay f o r myself.
e c e r t a i n l y ought
Theee are t r y i n g t i m a f o r . o t h e r s a s w e l l a s f o r u s . , W
n o t t o . b e s t a r t l e d a t t h e p r o s p e c t of a Eiattle f o r t h a t i s t h e v e r y purpose
f o r which we came here and w e have been v e r y f o r t u n a t e that we have n o t
had t o f i g h t before, There i s one t h i n g c e r t a i n t h e r e remains but a
s h o r t t i m e l o n g e r f o r u s t o serve and i f I l i v e I s h a l l soon be w i t h
you again, And now commending you t o him who c a r e t h f o r u s I c l o s e
A f f e c t i o n a t e l y you husband
Horace
Remember me t o t h e F a t h e r s and Nothers and B r o t h e r s and S i & b ~ r 8 . Good bye,