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Catalog Number KSa020103
Collection Kate Strong Historical Library
Object Name Letter
Dates of Creation 1863/05/08
Scope & Content Page 1
Yorktown Virginia May 8/63
Dear Brother
Thinking you would like to hear from me I will try and write you a few times.
We have just arrived from the great Cavalry raid in south Virginia. The Harris light went with in 1 « miles of Richmond We were very anxious to charge in the town and capture old Jeff but Col Kilpatrick don't we would have quite enough to do to execute all the movements which we were sent to do and if we done that and got out safe we would be very __-. We lost about twenty or thirty men and captured three or four hundred Rebels which we paroled on the spot. We did not have time to bother with. them.
Page 2
_________what the weather was quite pliant but had quite a great deal of rain. When we arrived at Gloucester Point and dismounted we could hardly stand we were very dirty half starved and nearly played out we had __________________the last four days we march over two hundred miles. You can judge how__we had no cook the boys were all in good spirits and health. The troopers at the point treats us well they provided support ______and offers the quarters for us to sleep. We took our supplies and dropped down at the horses feet and slept like so many dead men until the next morning then we were sent across the back nine to this camp _is very comfortable
Notes 2 pages of what must have been a longer letter - in pencil