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Jefferson James Asbill, The Ridge, SC Civil War letters post 4
Posted by: Susan Asbill (ID *****4636) Date: December 24, 2007 at 11:49:30
In Reply to: Jefferson James Asbill, The Ridge, SC Civil War letters post 1 by Susan Asbill of 498

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

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

Top of second pages obscured by Library of Congress stamp!

Camp Wappoo [Charleston, SC] February the 12, 1862

Dear Wife,

I drop you these few lines to let you know that I am tolerably well except for a very severe cold but I am some better. It is right hard times here. We have to drill five times a day and not much to eat but I donít want you to send me anything for it would be no use for I would get not much. Some say that they will take us to ?Masuany? and then some say that they canít ____we_____ and if that be so there will not be many that will go for we are in war nine months longer than we want. You need not send me any more cloths for I expect I will have to leave some of what I have got. They get ?tighter? here every day. The Colonel has gone home on a month furlough and some say that they hope that he will stay twelve months. Tell Bob (1) that he need not want an Enfield rifle for we are getting tired of ?the war? (?them?). We have got a Cadet from Charleston to drill our company and he runs us down a double quicking but we have to stand it. I want you to write how the Colt does and _____ the black cow and calf. Hill (2) wants you to tell Laura that he got here safe and it was all night. If I get sick I will write to you. Our men is (sic) taken to the Wayside hospital but if you was (sic) to come you had better get Edman Morris to come with you. So I will write if I get sick. Tell (1) Bob that I will come home when I can but I donít know when that will be. Nothing more but remaining your loving husband until death.

J. J. Asbill
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(1)       Ancestry.com shows J.J. in the 1860 census with a 3 year old son named Robert. He also had a brother named Robert per the George Bennett Asbill history.
(2)       He had a brother named Hillary. Hillary is shown in the George Bennett Asbill book as having two wives, one of which is name Laura Ann Williams.


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