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Civil WarSunday morning August
the .3. 1862
Dear Cousin
after long neglect I in deavor to answer your kind letter which came to hand in due time I hope you will excuse me for not writing sooner, as I was verry unwell for several days after I got your letter,
I have bin waiting sence I got well to to learn something new to write, tho I be leav thare is no news in circulation now atal, I hear but very little said about the yankees now, tho we are still preparing for them close by here, we have to go about four miles to work on the breast works every other day, I cant beleave that thay will come bac here again soon, tho thare is no teling what the fools may do,

some of our boys are getting very anxious to put in substitutes, John Milner got a transfer from the Cascade company to ours and put in a substitute last week he only stayed one night after Milner left, Henry Hines came down last week and got one for his brother William he got him in yesterday, thay will start home to morrow, he belonged to the 57 Regiment, I dont blame no man to put in a substitute if he can, tho I think if it is kept up much long er it will ruin our army,

It is a nough to make a man want to get out, to look at our Flag that we carried in the last Battle, thay was some six or seven men shot with our flag in thar hands, and thay was forty five holes shot through it and the staff shot in too,

I hird friday eavning that Pleasant Inman, was dead, he Started home some too weeks ago after the men that was absent without leave, and got to Richmond and the orders was counter manded, and he was taken sic thare and never got bac to his company eney more, I havent hird from Bates sense he was sent to the hospital,

I would like very much to be at mount her man to day with you all, I hope you all may have a inter esting meeting, I got a letter from Mary & cousin America the other day I was glad to hear from you all & to hear that you were all well, I have bin very well the last week I dont think thare is much sic ness in camp now,

I will close John says he will write afew lines before I seal this he is on guard to day, nothing more remain your friend and cousin until death write to me soon and gave me all the news

James Booker

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


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