Susan Taylor Block
(What follows is the gently edited text of a Civil War letter written by Andrew Jackson Stone, my great-great grandfather.)
“House of Boyds, South Carolina
March 20, 1863
I take my pen in hand to drop you a few lines to inform you that I am well at present. Hoping those fine few lines may find you the same. I have been looking for a letter from you for several days. I have written once to you since I recieved a letter from you. I have nothing of interest to write to you at present. Everything is quiet on the coast today.
I have been correctly informed of your Father’s departure and was shocked with sorrow to hear of his death. I hope you not take to heart no more of the trials of this world than you can avoid. I want you to write whether your Brother will have to go to the service or not and if he goes, I would like for him to come to our Company and if we stay here I don’t think that we will get in to a fight soon for we are so well fortified here that the Yankees will never make any attack at this place. We have seven hundred cannons ready to fire all at the same time if needful. I heard last Saturday about your Father being dead and I have been looking for a letter from you and since I want to know when you heard from Henry Oldham and your Brother, Orran. Give my respects to all inquiring friends. So I must close by saying write soon. Direct your letter Col. D 67th Regt. NCT.
A. J. Stone”
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