087. Willis Keith to Anna Bell Keith -- June 22, 1863

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    Bivouac near Berryville, June 22nd, 1863 Dear Mama, Here we are again in the valley of Virginia. We crossed the mountains yesterday morning, at Front Royal. We are only about 20 miles from Harper's Ferry. We have not had any very hard marching. We have averaged about 15 miles a day. I think that we will live better now. We had fresh beef issued to us yesterday evening. The first for four months. The summer campaign has opened splendidly. Ewell has completely beaten them here. And if all the reports from the west, are true, we have gained splendid victories there. We have not received a mail for some days. I am very anxious to get one, for there must be some for me. I want to hear how Grand Mama is, and I am anxious also about you. Savie tells me that you were not very well when[End Page 1] he heard last. That you had fatigued yourself. He tells me that Grand Mama and Aunt Sarah will go to Flat Rock, as soon as Grand Mama is well enough. He overtook us yesterday. He rode all the way from Richmond on horseback. He stayed with me last night, but he was not well this morning, and I advised him to stop in a house for a day or two, before going on to report of Genl. Anderson. I wish that I could get a horse. I am afraid every day, that Paris will break down. I wrote you a good many letters that you have not acknowledged the receipt of. I am sitting on on the ground on top of a hill in full view of a range of mountains, and writing on my saddlebags. How I long to see you all once more. Do give my love to all, and write soon, and often. Your Affectionate, W. [End Page 2] W.W. Keith Asst. Surg. 12 Regt. S.C.V. Mrs. P.T. Keith Anderson C.H. So.Ca.[End Page 3]
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    Bivouac near Berryville, June 22nd, 1863 Dear Mama, Here we are again in the valley of Virginia. We crossed the mountains yesterday morning, at Front Royal. We are only about 20 miles from Harper's Ferry. We have not had any very hard marching. We have averaged about 15 miles a day. I think that we will live better now. We had fresh beef issued to us yesterday evening. The first for four months. The summer campaign has opened splendidly. Ewell has completely beaten them here. And if all the reports from the west, are true, we have gained splendid victories there. We have not received a mail for some days. I am very anxious to get one, for there must be some for me. I want to hear how Grand Mama is, and I am anxious also about you. Savie tells me that you were not very well when[End Page 1] he heard last. That you had fatigued yourself. He tells me that Grand Mama and Aunt Sarah will go to Flat Rock, as soon as Grand Mama is well enough. He overtook us yesterday. He rode all the way from Richmond on horseback. He stayed with me last night, but he was not well this morning, and I advised him to stop in a house for a day or two, before going on to report of Genl. Anderson. I wish that I could get a horse. I am afraid every day, that Paris will break down. I wrote you a good many letters that you have not acknowledged the receipt of. I am sitting on on the ground on top of a hill in full view of a range of mountains, and writing on my saddlebags. How I long to see you all once more. Do give my love to all, and write soon, and often. Your Affectionate, W. [End Page 2] W.W. Keith Asst. Surg. 12 Regt. S.C.V. Mrs. P.T. Keith Anderson C.H. So.Ca.[End Page 3]
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    Bivouac near Berryville, June 22nd, 1863 Dear Mama, Here we are again in the valley of Virginia. We crossed the mountains yesterday morning, at Front Royal. We are only about 20 miles from Harper's Ferry. We have not had any very hard marching. We have averaged about 15 miles a day. I think that we will live better now. We had fresh beef issued to us yesterday evening. The first for four months. The summer campaign has opened splendidly. Ewell has completely beaten them here. And if all the reports from the west, are true, we have gained splendid victories there. We have not received a mail for some days. I am very anxious to get one, for there must be some for me. I want to hear how Grand Mama is, and I am anxious also about you. Savie tells me that you were not very well when[End Page 1] he heard last. That you had fatigued yourself. He tells me that Grand Mama and Aunt Sarah will go to Flat Rock, as soon as Grand Mama is well enough. He overtook us yesterday. He rode all the way from Richmond on horseback. He stayed with me last night, but he was not well this morning, and I advised him to stop in a house for a day or two, before going on to report of Genl. Anderson. I wish that I could get a horse. I am afraid every day, that Paris will break down. I wrote you a good many letters that you have not acknowledged the receipt of. I am sitting on on the ground on top of a hill in full view of a range of mountains, and writing on my saddlebags. How I long to see you all once more. Do give my love to all, and write soon, and often. Your Affectionate, W. [End Page 2] W.W. Keith Asst. Surg. 12 Regt. S.C.V. Mrs. P.T. Keith Anderson C.H. So.Ca.[End Page 3]
Title:
087. Willis Keith to Anna Bell Keith -- June 22, 1863
Creator:
Wilkinson and Keith Families
Date:
1863-06-22
Description:
Willis writes from near Berryville, Va. that General Ewell has won great victories "here" and he has heard good news from the western theatre of war.
Collection:
Wilkinson-Keith Family Papers
Contributing Institution:
College of Charleston Libraries
Media Type:
Manuscripts
Personal or Corporate Subject:
Confederate States of America. Army, Ewell, Benjamin Stoddert, 1810-1894
Geographic Subject:
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
Shelving Locator:
Mss 0111
S.C. County:
Charleston County (S.C.)
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