I Recd your very kind (but very Short Epistle) yesterday I was glad to hear from you all. It found me in fine health, and this leaves me in rtn[note] same state of heath, I am in camp in 2 miles of Kinston, I gut here last Sunday night, the compny is not here but it will be here in a few days. I have not sen the compny since the Goldsboro battle 16th December I have been left in charge of the bagage,, I have gut it all off my hands now but, what belongs to our compny and I hope I will be relieved of that Soon, and never be left with bagage again. You spoke of times being so hard back ther,, my Dear Sir you have no idea, in fact you donte know what hard times are,, things may be very high I will admit that,, but that is not hard times yet, when the times come that you have to travel for 2 days and nights without any thing to eat, and then face the mitey peaces of canon belching fire and lead in your face, and your fellow men at your side wallowing in there Blood, that is something that looks like old Mr. Hard Times Dear Brother Robert
I went down to the Battle ground yestarsdy thar Brother Bill faught on and vewed it there has been Some fine Shouting done there I walked over Some of there graves and felt as if I could stomp them Deeper. I Saw but very few of our men buryed there there was buryed in one hole about, 50, our men Dug them, and found a grate many of our men in with theres they separated them and put ours to themselves, that place now is well fortyfied now, it will take a powerfull army to whip us there now,,
Our Regt is cald in now to rest a while and Recruit up the men and Horses and go home some of them they are giving Evry 25th man furlough, I intend to try to go when the Compny Relives me of my charge, although I did not tell Hetter that for fear I could not get off, and She would be looking for me you said you Recd no letter from me I have surtainly wrote, and I have wrote to, Chas, one if not 2, and he has not Replyed I want you all to write soon and often and pleas dont render no Excuse for I wount Except any,, for I know you have time.
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