24 May 1863


Bivouac on Green river about three miles from Liberty
May 24th 1863

My dear father and mother,

Last Friday after our company went on picket. Yesterday forenoon all the pickets were called in. We were about two miles from camp and when we arrived there we found the regiment all ready to move. About noon the whole brigade started and at five o’clock reached this place. We came though the town of Liberty which is six miles from our camp and marched three miles beyond which made a march of nine miles. This, added to the two miles the pickets traveled before starting made me a march of eleven miles.

I believe I never saw a hotter day in all my life. The sweat seemed to boil right out of me and my short, pants and blouse were so wet that I wrung water from them. Where we are going to is more than I can tell but the general opinion is that we are bound for Columbia to do guard duty on the railroad.

There has nothing else of any particular consequence happened since I last wrote and so I will close. Write soon. I am feeling bully. Hoping this will find you well. I remain yours affectionately, — Charley

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