Letter written by A. P. Brown from Boliver Heights, Virginia to his "Remembered" friend on November 20, 1862

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Letter written by A. P. Brown from Boliver Heights, Virginia to his "Remembered" friend on November 20, 1862: a machine readable transcription

PAGE IMAGEBoliver (Bolivar) Heights  Va (Virginia) (Bolivar Heights, Virginia)
Nov 20th 1862
Remembered Friend

I believe that I promised
to write to you after I had been here awhile
and I thought I would try & keep
that promise I have enjoyed middling good
health since I have been here I have written
home so often that I do not suppose I can
write much that will be news to you all
I can say is - or one thing that I can say is
I had rather display my patriotism in the
instruction of young america than in wielding
the musket when I started I supposed
it would require a considerable sacrifice but
I find that reading & talking about sacrifice
and actually undergoing privations are
two entirely different things. I will not try to
describe things as they are here for all descripions (descriptions)
must utterly fail of giving any body but a soldier
any idea of them I will just say that such
a thing as a regular meal is absolutely unknown
to us at least coffee is boiled morning & night
and the rest we get as we can catch it. our bed is
a few old board picked up around here our tents
cover a piece of ground 6 x 6 ft & are about 3 1/2 ft high

PAGE IMAGE and other things on a scale of equal convenience
as far as this war is concerned we know but
little about it even in our vicinity
things are very lively around here just now
they have cut off all the timber for some miles
around & are cleaning out old rifle pits & digging
new ones things look as though they expect a
visit from some one before long. they say
stone wall  Jackson (Jackson, Stonewall (General)) is near with quite a large
force but he will have to come well prepared
if he gets posesion (possession) of this place. but we hope
that the fighting in this vicinity is played
out. but there is one thing which I have
found out since I have been here it was
always said that the soldiers were contented
and had rather stay than quit & that
after a fellow had soldiered it for a spell
he did not want to do any thing else but
I find by talking with hundreds of old soldiers
that that story is all a humbug & the truth is
the soldiers want peace yes they they long for it
whether politition's (politicians)  speculaters (speculators) want it or
not. they all say that fighting never will
settle this thing that it must be done some
other way and this winter is the time another
year of war will only add another billion
to the national debt which now overshadows
PAGE IMAGE every interest of our country & another 5
or 600,000 names to those already gone to the
wars and how much nearer are we not to
conquering a peace than we were a year
ago our armies cover nearly the the same ground
they did then and the men on both sides
appearantly (apparently) as ready for the onset. I believe that
if the fighting is kept up and relied on
for a settlement that both sides will keep
on until they sink into utter bankruptcy
and ruin this without exageration (exaggeration) is the bitter
cup which the people of this once happy country
are invited to you of the north know nothing,
hear nothing, see nothing, feel nothing of
this, it is utterly impossible for any one not
mingling with it to have any concpetion
of it we of the north were told that the
south would have to stop for want of supplies
but a trip about 14 miles up the shenandoah  valley (Shenandoah Valley, Virginia)
makes one think that he is again
deceived all along the road which we took
there were large stacks of grain a droves of
cattle & hogs & plenty of horses & you know that
this valley has had its share of the war
our men on the reconoisence (reconnaissance) of that [sundy?]
drove in at least 20 head of cattle, and several
horses one colt worth in N Y (New York) (New York) $150 so I think
PAGE IMAGE it will be some time before secesh
is starved out but we hope that the
movement now making towards Richmond (Richmond, Virginia)
will prove a successful one if it does
it will probably be an easy matter to have
the war settled if congress feels disposed & on
pretty good terms, but if that movement
should fail we dont know what to think
of the affair, some say the democrats will
have the thing settled at any rate if their
power is sufficient how the thing will be
I cant tell but I think our chances for a
favorable settlement will be much greater
with a prosperous campaign to work on
but one thing is positively certain the party
that brings about the settlement of it be
not a disgracefull (disgraceful) one will be the ruling
party as long as the soldiers live but I
must draw this rambling epistle to a close
as this sheet is nearly full it may be that you
will think I have changed my sentiments
but I found how completely the people were in
the dark in regard to this war and nearly all
that pertains to it but there is one thing certain
I for one have no more faith in polititions (politicians) of whatever
party or sect
but I must close remaining as ever

your sincere friend
[Eavert?] until I shall be glad to hear from you soon A P Brown (Brown, A.P.)

please tell our folks that when they write again
I would like to have them enclose some 3 cent stamps

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