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Jefferson James Asbill, The Ridge, SC Civil War letters post 5
Posted by: Susan Asbill (ID *****4636) Date: December 24, 2007 at 11:51:43
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 Jefferson James Asbill, approx. age 30. Company A, 19th Regiment SC Volunteers; Library of Congress, Civil War Manuscripts

Camp Wappoo, [near Charleston, SC] February the 20, 1862

Dear Wife,

I received your letter today which found me well. I feel better than I have in some time. I have got so that the water tastes fine. I was glad to hear that you are getting on so well. As for whence we will go I donít know nothing (sic) about, but we are under marching orders and the Colonel has orders from Ripley not to give no (sic) furloughs under any circumstance but when we get to where we are going that we will get furloughs as before. We have the Act of Congress where they made a law that if we will enlist ____ the war that they will give us fifty dollars in cash and a furlough for sixty days. And if we wasnít (sic) reenlisting that we will be considered independent Company for the war. But they canít fool me any more for I have volunteered my last time. They promised that we would get twenty five dollars as soon as we was (sic) mustered in service. But we have not seen the first cent yet. For I have to borrow a stamp every time ______hand.

I donít know when I can come home but I will come as soon as I can. I will write when I think I can come. Brent Watkins and William Warren (1) have deserted. There ____ thirty dollars _____reward for them. I donít know what they will do with them, for it is a death crime so you donít want me to take a barefoot? furlough do you? I think not. We had plenty [of] peach blooms here a week ago. Tell Bob (2) that I ate dinner out of his plate today that somebody stole but I have got it again but tomorrow it may be gone again. I had bread and molasses? and beef soup. I have bought _____ Shucks? And you must send Elick after them. That is all but the testament. I will have to study on that. Some nights I read two or three chapters and some nights none. For we have here meetings every night. Nothing more but I remain your loving husband until death. Write soon and a long letter.
J.J. Asbill.

PS? I have sent my ____to ?Edman Morris?, if it ever gets there. Here is (sic) papers enough to write a letter.
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(1) The History of Edgefield County by John Chapman has a William Warren, in Company F, 19th regiment, who deserted on 19th February from Camp Wappo (sic), recaptured on 3rd March, placed under arrest.

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


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