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Civil WarCamp Near Wellhope Church
September, the, 30, 1862
Dear Cousin

After long silance I write you afew lines which will inform you that we are boath well, I have had very good health since I left Richmond John has bin a little sick several times tho he is very well at this time,
hard marching agrees with me finely and I tel you I have had enough of that to make me fat, if I only cud of goten enough to eat, the rations has bin very scanty a large portion of the time sence we have bin marching, we have not marched much for the last ten days and it looks like thay are trying to feed us to death now, thay are giving us eny quantity of fresh beef and fresh hog meat, I would like very much to gave you a history of our travels, tho I have not got the patiants nor time to it, I hope we will all be permited to return to our homes in peace soon, and then I can tel you of our ups and downs, it is thaught in camp that we will have peace soon and, trust we may tho I dont know the public appin ion I have not seen a paper in a month,

all of conscripts are sick, thay was only four sent to our company, John Hundley and Whit and Memry Inman and Buc Pruett our old members has kept up finely concid ering the exposeure, we have to waid every stream we come to that has no bridge across it, we have waided the potomac three time we are not aloud time to take off our clothing, to croos creeks & rivers, we have to go in just as we are, and then march with our wet clothing on, Pritchett & are both sick and at the hospital, Dasey Price5 has bin sick for some time, he has bin staying at private house close by Winches ter, all of our sick & wounded are order ed from Winchester to Staunton, I think we will go bac to Richmond again soon at least I hope so, for I have not hird a word from home since I left Richmond, you must write to me soon and direct your to Winchester, we are onley five miles from Winchester now,

I will close by ading that I remain
your affectionate cousin

James Booker

gave my love to uncle Drury and cousin
America and tel them to write to me,
John says he will write to you soon
Note: Company D of the 38th Virginia Infantry in Whitmell.


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