085. Willis Keith to Anna Bell Keith -- June 13, 1863

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    Breast Works near Fredericksburg, June 13th, 1863 My Dear Mama, I received yours of the 7th today. That of the 5th two days ago. My letters seem to take very long to get to you. I have written to you several times since Whitsunday, and to Ella, Nan, and Papa. I hope to hear from you again tomorrow, that Grand Mama is better. Do give my love to her. We have been here for more than a week now. The enemy have thrown up breast works on this side of the river. But every thing is quiet, except that every day we have a little skirmishing, and Artillery dulling. Our skirmishing pick off every Yankee that shows himself. They do not relish it at all, and keep pretty close on their ditches. They sent over the other day to ask Genl. Hill to stop the picket firing. He told them that he would, if they went back across the river, but that he would let his men fire at them as long as they were on this side. Do you think that Papa would enjoy a visit here. If he would, I wish that he would come. I should think that he would like to see the army, and if possible the battle fields. He would have a fine chance if he were here now. We are right on the battle field of Fredericksburg. Two or three hundred yards in front of our works, are the bones, and decomposing remains of all the Yankees who were killed in December. They just threw a little earth over them, and it has[End Page 1] all been washed off by the rain. Why does not Johny write to me? I have now written to him twice, since I have heard from him. Do ask the girls to write to me. I do not see any possible chance of my getting off this summer, or fall either. They have just commenced the afternoon's Artillery duel, and they are now shooting at each other. I do not think from the indications, that we will have as severe a campaign as last summer. Paris is not very well today. I wish that I had a young boy, but if we do not have any hard marching, I suppose that he will be able to keep up. I suppose that Papa is up with you now. Have you no idea of returning to Charleston this summer? Have you seen anything cousin William Trapier. How does he bear the loss of Barnie? Aunt Mary must have a terrible time of it in Vicksburg. Do give me any news of him that you hear. There is a rumor that the Yankees are changing their base to the Chickahominy. I hope that it is true, as we would then be near Richmond. I wish that Savie would make haste, and come out here. Do give my love to all, and all write as much as possible. Your Affectionate son, W. [End Page 2] W.W. Keith Asst. Surgeon 12th Regt. S.C.V. Mrs. P.T. Keith Anderson C.H. So. Ca.[End Page 3]
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    Breast Works near Fredericksburg, June 13th, 1863 My Dear Mama, I received yours of the 7th today. That of the 5th two days ago. My letters seem to take very long to get to you. I have written to you several times since Whitsunday, and to Ella, Nan, and Papa. I hope to hear from you again tomorrow, that Grand Mama is better. Do give my love to her. We have been here for more than a week now. The enemy have thrown up breast works on this side of the river. But every thing is quiet, except that every day we have a little skirmishing, and Artillery dulling. Our skirmishing pick off every Yankee that shows himself. They do not relish it at all, and keep pretty close on their ditches. They sent over the other day to ask Genl. Hill to stop the picket firing. He told them that he would, if they went back across the river, but that he would let his men fire at them as long as they were on this side. Do you think that Papa would enjoy a visit here. If he would, I wish that he would come. I should think that he would like to see the army, and if possible the battle fields. He would have a fine chance if he were here now. We are right on the battle field of Fredericksburg. Two or three hundred yards in front of our works, are the bones, and decomposing remains of all the Yankees who were killed in December. They just threw a little earth over them, and it has[End Page 1] all been washed off by the rain. Why does not Johny write to me? I have now written to him twice, since I have heard from him. Do ask the girls to write to me. I do not see any possible chance of my getting off this summer, or fall either. They have just commenced the afternoon's Artillery duel, and they are now shooting at each other. I do not think from the indications, that we will have as severe a campaign as last summer. Paris is not very well today. I wish that I had a young boy, but if we do not have any hard marching, I suppose that he will be able to keep up. I suppose that Papa is up with you now. Have you no idea of returning to Charleston this summer? Have you seen anything cousin William Trapier. How does he bear the loss of Barnie? Aunt Mary must have a terrible time of it in Vicksburg. Do give me any news of him that you hear. There is a rumor that the Yankees are changing their base to the Chickahominy. I hope that it is true, as we would then be near Richmond. I wish that Savie would make haste, and come out here. Do give my love to all, and all write as much as possible. Your Affectionate son, W. [End Page 2] W.W. Keith Asst. Surgeon 12th Regt. S.C.V. Mrs. P.T. Keith Anderson C.H. So. Ca.[End Page 3]
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    Breast Works near Fredericksburg, June 13th, 1863 My Dear Mama, I received yours of the 7th today. That of the 5th two days ago. My letters seem to take very long to get to you. I have written to you several times since Whitsunday, and to Ella, Nan, and Papa. I hope to hear from you again tomorrow, that Grand Mama is better. Do give my love to her. We have been here for more than a week now. The enemy have thrown up breast works on this side of the river. But every thing is quiet, except that every day we have a little skirmishing, and Artillery dulling. Our skirmishing pick off every Yankee that shows himself. They do not relish it at all, and keep pretty close on their ditches. They sent over the other day to ask Genl. Hill to stop the picket firing. He told them that he would, if they went back across the river, but that he would let his men fire at them as long as they were on this side. Do you think that Papa would enjoy a visit here. If he would, I wish that he would come. I should think that he would like to see the army, and if possible the battle fields. He would have a fine chance if he were here now. We are right on the battle field of Fredericksburg. Two or three hundred yards in front of our works, are the bones, and decomposing remains of all the Yankees who were killed in December. They just threw a little earth over them, and it has[End Page 1] all been washed off by the rain. Why does not Johny write to me? I have now written to him twice, since I have heard from him. Do ask the girls to write to me. I do not see any possible chance of my getting off this summer, or fall either. They have just commenced the afternoon's Artillery duel, and they are now shooting at each other. I do not think from the indications, that we will have as severe a campaign as last summer. Paris is not very well today. I wish that I had a young boy, but if we do not have any hard marching, I suppose that he will be able to keep up. I suppose that Papa is up with you now. Have you no idea of returning to Charleston this summer? Have you seen anything cousin William Trapier. How does he bear the loss of Barnie? Aunt Mary must have a terrible time of it in Vicksburg. Do give me any news of him that you hear. There is a rumor that the Yankees are changing their base to the Chickahominy. I hope that it is true, as we would then be near Richmond. I wish that Savie would make haste, and come out here. Do give my love to all, and all write as much as possible. Your Affectionate son, W. [End Page 2] W.W. Keith Asst. Surgeon 12th Regt. S.C.V. Mrs. P.T. Keith Anderson C.H. So. Ca.[End Page 3]
Title:
085. Willis Keith to Anna Bell Keith -- June 13, 1863
Creator:
Wilkinson and Keith Families
Date:
1863-06-13
Description:
Willis writes from breastworks near Fredericksburg, Va. on skirmishes and picketing; a Union request for the picketing to end and its refusual; Willis's suggestion his father come to see the battlefield; the decomposing bodies of "Yankees" from the battle of Fredericksburg [De1862]; desire to acquire a younger slave
Collection:
Wilkinson-Keith Family Papers
Contributing Institution:
College of Charleston Libraries
Media Type:
Manuscripts
Personal or Corporate Subject:
Confederate States of America. Army
Topical Subject:
Fredericksburg, Battle of, Fredericksburg, Va., 1862
Geographic Subject:
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865, Fredericksburg (Va.)
Shelving Locator:
Mss 0111
S.C. County:
Charleston County (S.C.)
Internet Media Type:
image/jpeg
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600 ppi, 24-bit depth, color, Epson Expression 10000XL scanner, Archival Master is a tiff.
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