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Jefferson James Asbill, The Ridge, SC Civil War letters post 3
Posted by: Susan Asbill (ID *****4636) Date: December 24, 2007 at 11:38:50
In Reply to: Jefferson James Asbill, The Ridge, SC Civil War letters post 1 by Susan Asbill of 499

Thanks to Deidre Goode of Boston and Washington, D.C, who braved the inclement weather to make copies of these letters.

Letter of James Jefferson Asbill, approx. age 30. Company A, 19th Regiment SC Volunteers; Library of Congress, Civil War Manuscripts

(Very light copy)

Library of Congress Stamp over date, believe it is January.

Camp Hamton [Hampton?] January the 3 1862

Dear Wife.
I drop you these few lines by which I hope you may learn that I am well and hope to find you and ?Teobert? the same. We are all in a’ bus here. We received orders here yesterday to leave here but it was countermanded and we are not to leave till tomorrow. We will leave tomorrow I hear. We don’t know where are going after we get to Charleston. We may ___to the ____ferry____as they are fighting___. ___Regiment has six kil’d and some wounded. _____ Regiment has about the same.

I don’t know when ever I can come home as none can get a furlough but those that gets (sic) [a] letter that their families is (sic) sick or _______ . So many sick in our Company that we have but about forty well men here. I am going to _____and then I will tell you who is elected. I have returned and nobody elected yet. The Camp is full of absents of ______. Everybody wants office. Abney and Quattlebaum (Library of Congress stamp obscuring line) ____ and Walter Hutchinson for Major. We can’t tell a’thing. Some is mad and some glad but I don’t care narry my self much. Our company will go for Abney and ___ I think but the orders still say that we will go tomorrow so I will wait awhile to see if the election will ______ any answers know who we are to back____ for some of us want a furlough now. I have been drilling and just carring’ and ____than I did before.

There is big talk outside my smoky tent____ is still that we will ______ made ____tomorrow. I wish that you could be here to see us and ______ look like that we could take old Abe. There was (sic) about twenty-five hundred men here but Colonel Gad___ Regiment left this morning. Tell Bob (1) that I will come home as soon as I can. You must write soon. I have not heard from you since I left home. Nothing more but remain your loving husband until death. Write soon.
J.J. Asbill.

(1) shows J.J. in the 1860 census with a wife and a son named Robert. He also had a brother named Robert per Bennett Asbill history.

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