August 17th 1861.
Dear Mother –
I hope you will excuse me for not writing sooner. We never got a tent until yesterday and we have been mixed up. so much that I could not well write- I took cold two days after my
lett arrival but am free of it now.
I will start at the first and give you particulars. At Corinth Charles Gaston joined us– Nothing of interest occurred on the road- except the presents received from the ladies who greeted us at every station- untill we came to Lynchburg- when about 5 miles from there-
when the boiler bursted and part of the tender ran off the track. No one hurt- We staid there about 3 hours waiting for an Engine- About 30 miles from our stopping place we meet with Tom Buford and Morris Weeb who had been out in the country rusticating.
We are encamped about 4 miles from Mannas south West. there is not much sickness in this company at present- Joe Buford is complaining- a negro belonging to this company died two days ago of pneumonia. there is a great deal of sickness in Meets Regiment. measles generally- several have died since our arrival- though at present they are not in our regiment- I have meet with several of my old acquaintances in the different Regiments around- all of whom seemed glad to meet us-
We live on wheat bread- fat meat. coffee. and rice and beef occasionally Vegetables are as scarce as hens teeth.
Our Company was put on Brigade guard yesterday- Each man has to stand 8 hours out of 24. and
relieved and two at a time. I stood 4 hours during the day and 4 at night. During the night an officer came round to try the sentinels. he took guns away from three of our number of raw recruits who I will not mention as they have been plagued teased enough already. The old goat tried to get mine but I had heard of those tricks before I came here. I was about a mile from the encampment in the woods. I halted one feller and made him stand there about an hour waiting for the corporal of the Guard.
The old is now sounding for drill and I must close giving more particulars next time. Give my best respects to all the family + inquiring friends. you can let any of the family read this- I want all of you to write and give the news. Yrs truly
P.S. Address. 11th Reg. Miss. Vols. company
G Mannass Junction – care of Capt Greene.