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37th Virginia Infantry

Item CON-7581
April 1, 1864 Caspar C. Henkel
Price: $385.00


2 pages, original Confederate Civil War soldier's letter written in period ink and war dated.

Camp Stewart’s Brigade
April 1st 1864

Dear Friend Davy,

Your letter has just been received informing me of your appointment. Really, I am rejoiced to hear of your success and that we are to be situated so near each other. You now, no doubt feel much relieved. As you now know what arrangements to make.

All continues quiet here in the army. No indications of an early move. We are having much rain, which makes it very disagreeable in camp. The late ration law begins to pinch, meals are very lank. Makes one think of making arrangements to get things from other sources. Tell Abe not to forget to send a box by first wagon to Staunton, care of Major Bell and care of Lieutenant Long, Orange Court House. Long is Agent of Transportation for our Division at Orange. Dried fruit, beans for soup, etc.. I have written to Abe for a cap. I can wear the cap till warm weather comes and save my hat. You will please tell Abe to send me a good strong strap for a halter. I have the head part, but cannot get a strap. When he sends my horse (Felix) over, I may call on you for that saddle. I will have time enough to speak of that when I see you soon. I will want my horse about the 1st of next month. Our horses get but 8 ears of corn and no straw or hay. Dr. Butler and Adjutant White have each gotten a new horse from home.

How does Abe like anatomy and how is he progressing? I saw Shuls today, he is well. I know he will be pleased to hear that you have succeeded. The surgeons are all busy making out reports for the month and quarter ending March 31st. Is there any probability of the old colored woman getting any sight?

Remember me to your sisters and all my friends. Have the girls (Miss Miller and Schultz) gotten to N.M. yet? If so, tell them I am almost dead. Have had the “blues” ever since they left. It is very hard to come down to my old habits of remaining in camp, secluded from ladies society. Be sure to call on the girls if they have arrived at N.M.. If not, you may see them in Staunton. Present my kindest regards to all and let me hear from you at your earliest convenience. Butler, White and Williams send compliments.

Hoping to see you soon. I remain,

Your Friend,

C. C. Henkel