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2 November 1863

Beverly, Randolph County, West Virginia
November 2, 1863

Dear Wife,

I will now write a few lines to you that you can hear that I am well and I hope this will find you the same. I have been a looking for a letter from you for some 3 or 4 days back but have got none yet unless it came last evening and then it was sent on to the regiment. There has three brigades left yesterday on a raid. General Averill commands our brigade and Colonel Milligan with his brigade and General Kelly with his. There were four thousand cavalry and 3 batteries and many regiments of infantry. They will have bloody work of it before they get back. I wanted to go with them and got all ready for a start and Doctor Winn came along and said I had better not go for I could not stand it to ride 2 to 3 hundred miles and lay out on the ground so I gave it up. There were about 10 left here out of our company. Jennings went with them so I have nothing to so till they come back but to take care of my horse and then we will go in winter quarters somewhere on the railroad. We were mustered in for our pay last Saturday but won’t get our pay till the regiment comes back. I will draw 52 dollars this time. Then I will send it home to you.

The weather is warm and dry here but the nights are cold. Everything is high here. Cheese is 25 cents a pound, butter I don’t know what it is. I have bought none. I have some of your butter yet and nearly all the tea. Potatoes are 100 bushel and cider is worth from 12 to 15 dollars a barrel.

Well, have you heard from the boys yet? I feel anxious to hear from them and has Jim got home yet? And how are all the neighbors—especially Al’s folks and Duddy Scott? Have they had their lawsuit yet? Write to me often and send that book of Dan Hale’s if you will and I will take good care of it. I wrote a letter to Hank and one to Sweet but have had no answer from them yet. Tell Hank I am well and have him write to me. We when get in winter quarters I will try for my discharge. It was Devore that told Jess Fails to have Miles send for me. Still I was under obligation to go back as I was drawing pay from government. I think I can get my discharge on account of my age. That old man I told you about is in the regiment yet and is now 70 years old and has been in every raid the boys made this summer and went with them now.

Our regiment is not as large as it was. They lost in the last battle 106 in killed and wounded and prisoners. It is the [most] mountainous country I ever saw and the mountains are full of bushwhackers and shoot our boys and we can’t get at them.

Well, I have wrote enough for this time. Write often and how you get along and how the colt does and the pig if he keeps himself shut up yet. Goodbye for this time. Yours as ever, — Wm. Edy

 

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