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August 7 (1863) Camp near Warington (Warrenton, VA)
Dear Father and Mother
It is with pleasure that i take in droping you a few lines to let you now i am well and i hope these few lines may find you all the same.
Wel Father we ar stil laying near Warington and expect to lay hear all summer. we have fixed up summer quarters for ower selvs. the weather is verry hot hear it maks us hunt the shaids. Wel Father, we expect to get our pay to day for 2 months. we have to settle ower cloathen bill for the year. i had $1.70 sents to pay.
Wel Father the news isand verry stering in ower army. we ar laying quiet and we expect to do some if the Rebbels lets us and i think thay wil. they got a nuff of us in late days to satisfy them but if thay should try us we wil do the best we can for them. we wil be waiting on them to com. ower minds is easy on that subject. the Rebels verry seldom coms in ower heads. all we think a bout is getting as many Black Berries as we can eat-Black Berries is plenty hear. we can gather Bushels of them if we should nead them. we yous to live on chickens and fresh muttan. got all the chickens and Sheap a round with in 10 mils of hear sow we wil quit. thair is nothing left a live that has 4 legs. we have cleaned evry thing up since we came in Verginia this time. the yankeys is a good as the Rebbels on the steal. the Rebbels done well while they was in Pencilvany and Meriland but I think we have done better than thay did. We wil live on the best as long as it is to be found in verginia.
Wel Father we are Anciously waiting on the drafted men to come but it appears that thay ar coming verry slow. we want 600 men to fill ower Regiment. we have got verry small. we have 15 men for duty in ower company now and ower company is ????? as the rest. you can have a idy of the strength of the army Potomic. she is a bout wore out. ower ranks neads filing up a gain.
Wel Father i recon you have "steam" talking to Will Peterson since he came home. he could give you the particulars when he starts to come out. you can send any thing you wish to me. he is verry acomidading to me. I would like verry much if you would send me them shirts right as may be fore the warm weather gets over.
All the limetown Boys is well. i wil send you $5 dolars in this leter and som in the next. i want to see how it gows. i will send you all the money I can spare.
Northing more at preasant But Remains your affecunate Son.
William S. Ferree to his Dear Father and Mother. Right soon.
Wel Father it is over 2 weaks asince I received a leter from you. I hope you wil right!