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Civil WarManassas Junction Va Dec the 15 1861
Dear Cousin
I received your kind and interresting letter a few days ago, I was verry glad to hear from you all and also to hear from my sweat hearts I wan to see them verry bad indeed tho I dont think thare is eny chance for me to git a furlow,
the Col has prom ised to let the married men go home when he gets in to winterquarters, I hird this morning that our Regiment was going to move to Gainesville this week to fix thar winter quarters, that is about 12 miles from here back to wards Wincher ter rite on the Rail Road

I expect to stay here until thay get fixed up, and then thay will move the bag age to the Regiment I like to stay here verry well I get extra pay and have a lighter task than I would if I were at the Regiment

I think thay have given aut fighting at Centrevill this win ter, I saw a gentle man the other day just from Washington he said he did not think the yankees would try us here eny more, the yankees took prisner the 13 of last July and kept him until last week, he said his fair was verry rough indeed, and he said thay was 60,000 sick yankees in Washington

thar was too men shot at Centreville last week for trying to kill thar Com manding affesers, I understood thay gave the Romancatholic Priest 25 dollars apeace to save thar souls,

I cant think of eny thing to write that will interest you so I will come to a close write soon, gave my best respects to all inquiring frends and share a good portion for your self

tel cousin Eliza ann Williams
to write to me,

you must speak aheap er good
words to the ladies for me
in the Crismas,
Write soon to your Cousin

James Booker

to miss C U Blair
Note: Company D of the 38th Virginia Infantry in Whitmell.


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