Letter written by Nellie from Suffolk, Virginia to his friend Anice on April 25, 1863

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Letter written by Nellie from Suffolk, Virginia, to his friend Anice on April 25, 1863: a machine readable transcription

PAGE IMAGE Camp Near Suffolk, va (Virginia) (Suffolk, Virginia) , April 25th 1863
Dear Friend Anice (Anice) ,

it is with
pleasure that I sit down to
answer your kind letter, witch (which)
I received last eavening (evening).
Beleave (Believe) me, I was truly (truely) glad to
hear from you again. I am as glad
to get a letter from you as eny (any)
person, we have moved some distance
since I wrote to you befour (before), we got
marching orders a week ago last Sunday, but did not march until
the next Wednesday, we marched
to Alexandria (Alexandria, Virginia) . that was six miles
it rained all the way. we took
tranceports (transports)  thair (there) for norfolk (Norfolk, Virginia) , we
ware (were) on the steem (steam) boat two days
and two nights, we did not enjoy
our ride as well as we would if
it had been pleasant

PAGE IMAGE we landed at norfolk (Norfolk, Virginia)
friday morning about ten o clock
we stayed thair (there) untill noon.
they ware (were) catching oisters (oysters)  thair (there)
by the Bushels. norfolk (Norfolk, Virginia) is a
regular secesh plaice (place), but it
is in the hand of our men,
at noon we toock (took) the cars and
came to suffolk (Suffolk, Virginia) , hear (here) we struck
our camp, we traveled over two
hundred miles, and onely (only) had to
march six, thair (there) has been some
skirmishing a going on around
hear (here) for the past week, last Sunday night our men took
one hundred and fifty prisoners
and six peices (pieces) of Artilery (artillery)
yesterday they took five peices (pieces) of
Artilery (artillery) and some prisoners, I
donte (don't) know how meny (many), our men
drove the rebs out of their intrenchments (entrenchments),
I have not seen a
reb yet but I expect to
PAGE IMAGEbefour (before) long, we can see the
smoke from their camps, from
our camp but cant see them
on the acount (account) of the woods,
they are on one side of the river
and we are on the other, I think
that our men intends to cross
the river and make them get
from thair (there), I have seen peas
and potatoes that ware (were) up three or
four inches, peach trees has blown
and the blows has fallen off, beach (beech)
trees are seen with leaves now
down hear (here)  wall (well)  Anice (Anice) I
guess I have told you enough
about this country.
Anice (Anice) you say it is lonesom (lonesome) up
thair (there), I donte (don't) doubt that, I
know it is lonesom (lonesome)  hear (here), more
so on Sunday than eny (any) other
time, but this war will close
after a while, then I think
the young people will enjoy
PAGE IMAGE themselves a little better
than they do now, donte (don't) you
think so, Anice (Anice) my minde (mind)
is on you the moste (most) of the
time yes Anice (Anice) wait untill
I get home and I will come
and see you, if you donte (dont')
think you can do eny (any) better
Sam (Sam) has not received his
box yet I donte (don't) know
as he ever will,
I must close
write soon

From an Ever Kinde (kind) Friend Nellie (Nellie)

Donte (don't) forget to write
Excuse this writing
Direct as befour (before).

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