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Sillers-Holmes Family Correspondence

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Document Type: Autograph Letter Signed

Author: William W. Sillers
Date: September 28, 1863
Place: Camp at Morton's Ford, Orange County, Virginia
To: Frances Sillers Holmes

Physical Description: Ink on paper; 2 pages (21 x 13 cm) on 1 sheet

Number: MSN/CW 5025-14

Transcribed by: Paul Patterson and George Rugg, 2004-06

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Camp at Moton [sp. Morton's] Ford, 12 miles below Orange Court House, Rapidan River, Sept'r 28th/63.

My dear Sister:

     I left you last Wednesday-morning, and arrived here Friday night about eight o'clock. I was three days coming. I missed spending a day in Richmond, as expected—having missed connection at Petersburg, where I was detained from 5 A. M. Thursday until 4 P. M. of the same day. I did not reach Richmond until night on Thursday. I could not ascertain for a certainty, what was doing on the Rapidan, and so I could not get the consent of my mind to remain over in Richmond to attend to business. I left there Friday at 1, A. M.: consequently I was compelled to bring my cloth on with me to Camp. I shall have it made up if I can. — I purchased two pairs of canton-flannel drawers—the largest you ever saw, big enough for Mr. James Oates. They were all that I could find in Petersburg. I shall

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have them altered as soon as possible.
I write this note hurriedly, as night is nearly upon me. Oh! how home-sick I am! How I wish I were to-night where I was last Monday-night! Just about this time I was returning home from Gabe's brimful of Scuppernongs. But away with all sighs and wishes.
All is quiet now; but whether it will remain so many days I cannot tell.
Tell little Bessie she must lie down in the lounge to-night and make out as if Uncle Willie were with her
Kiss the dear children all, and give my love to Dr. and the family, and let me hear from Jimmie Dobbin—remember me to him. Good night! God bless you!

Your affectionate Brother,
W. W. Sillers

Transcription last modified: 28 Feb 2007 at 05:04 PM EST

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