Ross Family Letters, RG 149


Camp near Richmond Va.

may the 26th 1862


Dear Brother and Sister I again seat my Self this morning to drop you a few lines this leaves me well with the excepttion of diarear which is verry common in camps our Boys Stand the marches verry well We have been maching [marching] about 3 [4] weeks nearly all the time We are now in a about 3 miles of Richmond or nearer we come hear yesterday eaving [?] We came from about 6 miles below We have seen a hard time of it since we left Yorktown  I Recond you have heard from the battle at Williamsburgh on the 5th of may our Regt was there but orey 3 copanys ingage in the battle Co. B.G.R.[K.?] Williamson Brookses [?] Woods but we were closet enough to se a good eal of it and for the [boom?] and ___________ some few of our men were killed there were 2O kill and wonded None of some our co we have march in mud day after day over our shoes some times half by deys [?], with nothing to eat our Regt never __ was soldiers until we went To york town there we work night & day and left it all with the yanks but I have stood it verry well so far but I had to throw a way every thing I had except what I had on an one Blanket which was the case with all. We have verry warm days here but the night are verry cold I have been with Bro G.W. Since I heard from you we have been close together for some tim until [?] now I recond that he is around here some where George look as well as I ever saw him so does John Trammell moor [more] boys Bill Bee [G.W. Beeland]  Rady Slaughter all look well


Bro I have no news to write only hard times you mus tell Rolly [?] to write soon an you must do the same as I am verry anctious to hear from you all tell Rolly I will write to him soon give my best love Sally and children the same to self and family write soon to me at Richmond Va no more your Bro until ded [?]


J.M. Ross