6th Letter: The Missing Overcoat (October 12, 1861)

Damfries Va

Oct 12th 1861

Dear Mother.

October 12, 1861: page 1 right

October 12, 1861: page 1 right

I have written two letters home since I heard from any of you, and now as I have an opportunity I will write you a few lines.

I have been in camps two weeks and have enjoyed good health so far, though I had a severe rising on my lip which troubled me two or three days. The mumps have been in our company for 3 weeks, but as yet I have escaped them. There is not much sickness in our Brigade at this time.

I suppose you rcd my letter speaking of the march we made. Scince that time we were called out again, expecting to meet the enemy, and again disappointed. We went about 3 miles, then returned to camp, and now we are expecting marching orders daily, keeping three days rations cooked ahead.

We are about 5 miles from the Potomac. I saw the river to day. I went 1/2 miles from camp, and saw it by climbing a tree.

I can not write much now, as I did not know that Dark was going to start so soon.

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You must tell the Old Man that I think I have lost the Over Coat clean. I was not in camp when it came. One of our boys put it in a box and when it came to the camp it- the coat was gone. I never saw it all. I was was away when it came to the other camp, and also this. I wrote before for one blanket, and I don’t believe we will draw any, and if you can get another I would like to have it. I suppose you got the other list.

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October 12, 1861: page 2 on left, page 3 on right

I rcd letters from Claudia Rodgers and Aunt Polly. They are all well except Ab Rodgers child was dead, the deaf and dump one.

I must close for the present, as it is night and the boys keep up such a fuss that I cant write. I would like to get letters from you all at any time. Give my best respects to the family and inquiring friends. Write soon.

Yrs respt. P M Buford

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2nd Letter: Melons and Measles (August 28, 1861)

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August 28th, 1861

Dear Sister-

Once more being able to sit up I will pen you a few lines-  I broke out with measles last Friday and for three days and nights I neither slept nor ate anything.  I never was as sick in my life.  I broke out with them at camp was immediately taken to the country in a Yankee Ambulance, traveling over the roughest road I ever saw.  Walter took sick at the same time and came with me.  We are staying with a very clever man.  I think we will be able to go to camps [sic] in a week or two – 3 more of the recruits were taken with the measles at the same time.  there are none in our Regiment, but one of the boys went over to the 19th caught them.  There has been a great many deaths in that Reg. from them scince [sic] our arrival. At last accounts Dick Shaw had not taken them and I suppose he must have had them before he came.  My habbits of living have been greatly changed since I left home.  Instead of a good bed I have to sleep on the ground with with [sic] one blanket under me and one over me, and anything I can get hold of for a pillow.  We have beef and Miss Pork- flour- Rice to eat.  Wheat bread shortened with grease and coffee without milk + often without sugar.  We drill about 1 1/2 hours in the morning and evening spend the balance of the cleaning up around our tents – and sleeping and reading news papers [sic] whenever we can get one.  I miss the water melons [sic] and peaches that I left behind most awfully.  I hope when you eat them you will think of my case.  I bought 3 small melons last week while at camp for 60cts [sic] a piece and before I had gone 50 yards. they crowded around me to get them-  They pestered me so, I finally sold two for 75cts [sic] each. and went to camp with the other-  I have seen smaller melons than some I had at home for sale for $1.25.  You must write all the war news you hear of any importance and all other news- for we hear nothing hear here [word crossed-out and modified in pencil].  Tell Ma and the old man [words crossed-out in ink] and all.  that they must write whenever they can-  Tell me where they are thriving in Nurion (?)- and especially BH (?).  Give my love to all enquiring friends-  Let no see this.  Write as soon as you can.

Yr [sic] affection [sic] Brother

PM Buford

Address.  PMB 11th Reg. Miss. Vols. can [sic] Capt. Greene