March 29 63
Franklin, Southhampton Cty. Va-
I rcd your welcome letter by George Dooley and hasten to reply as I have an opportunity to send one tomorrow, though I have no news of importance to communicate.
We have moved our camp about 5 miles The Brigade is scattered about the River guarding fords and working on breastworks, our company will have to work on them tomorrow, for the first time since we have been in service, but if we have to fight I would rather fight them in breastworks than in the open field.
Our Pickets occasionally
ou have a skirmish with the Yankee cavalry, but as yet we have had no fight, nor I don’t think we will unless they try to take Richmond by way of Petersburg.
I have been listening every day to hear of them fighting at Vicksburg. It is rumored that the
y Yanks tried to cross the River at Fredericksburg but failed, but it is seldom now that we ever get any papers and can not keep posted.
I hope the Yanks will keep out of Lafayette this summer and give you all a chance to make some thing to eat.
Do not think hard of me writing no more, for I have nothing that would interest
me you- If you have a chance send me a shirt, I have enough of socks and drawers now.
Give my love to all the family and tell them to write soon. Do so your self.
Your devoted son. PM Buford
A History of Company G, Eleventh Mississippi Regiment, C.S.A. documents information about a comrade mentioned in this letter by Parham.
- George M. Dooley, who delivered the mentioned letter to Parham, enlisted twenty years of age and single. He was present and wounded at Seven Pines. On account of wound and sickness he was with the company no more until the battle of the Wilderness; he was present two days, and again at Tolles Mill, where the record says he was mortally wounded, and died May 26 at Richmond, Va. His wound was through the left shoulder.
- William B. Cullen appears to have delivered this letter to Parham’s family based on information written to his sister on April 1, 1863. Cullen enlisted April 26, 1861, at Oxford, Miss., for one year. Born in Virginia, was a clerk at Oxford, Miss.; eighteen years of age and single. He was severely wounded at Seven Pines and lost his right arm, and was retired January, 1863. This letter was written, and presumably delivered from camp, months after Seven Pines and Cullen being retired from service; maybe the necessary timeframe for his being fit for travel.