Camp Fisher Oct 27th 1861
I will now attempt to answer your pencil note though I have no news of importance to communicate.
I have a slight cold at present, but that is nothing uncommon here. There is not much sickness in camp except mumps, which I have missed so far.
We have had some very cold weather for the last week, with heavy frosts, but we sleep very comfortably with our blankets and pine straw.
Our Colonel came back yesterday and brought with him a deserter from this Regt, who he overhauled at Okolona. I think he will be shot. for I can’t see what else they can do for him.
Last Monday We had an awful march of about 12 miles. The day before we had orders to pack up all our extra clothing, to be sent to Fredericksburg. Monday morning we struck tents and started off – each man with about 40 lbs on his shoulders. We went a few miles and halted, where we found out what was to pay. Our general (Whiting) wanted us to camp at this place but the Col. wouldn’t do it. So we came back to our old camp where we are now….
Joe Buford came back two days ago, looking as well as I ever saw him. I forgot to mention about about Tubby and Tom. Tubby has the guanders but is getting. I do not know what is the matter with Tom – though he is complaining some.. The Juanders have been nearly all through the company.
I suppose you have heard by this time of the glorious victory gained by our forces at Leesburg. Some thing there will be a big fight, up about Mannassa now pretty soon but it all conjecture, no one knows nothing about it but some of the Generals.
You must tell the old man I found my coat and that I am very well pleased with it. One of the boys in the company had it, though he did not know who it belonged to.
I don’t believe you will get all my letters and I know I don’t get half you write. I am going to number every one I write after this. Give me all the news when you write, for I never hear nothing here, but turn out to drill. I can think of nothing else that would interest you and I must close. Give my love to all the family, rcd a portion for yourself. Tell Ma I will write her next.
I remain as ever your devoted
Brother P M Buford.
- The Colonel that brought with him a deserter…who he overhauled at Okolona is Colonel William Hudson Moore. Colonel Moore is returning after recovering from an accidental shot to the foot during the Battle of First Manassas and eventually returns home again. He later commands the 43rd Mississippi and is killed at Corinth, Mississippi while defending against Yankee invaders. Painting above by Keith Rocco may be showing Colonel Moore upon a horse in battle moments before his death.
- Tubby is Goodloe Warren Buford, Jr.
- Parham is referring to jaundice when writing of guanders and juanders.