Augusta County: Adam Wise Kersh to Susannah Kersh, [no date]
In a letter to his mother, Kersh describes the good spirits of his fellow soldiers and tells about recent troop movements.
Straight Creek Ottobine Chapple, Highland County VA
I write to inform that I am well and in good spirits and hope these few lines may find you and all at home enjoying the same blessing we took our line of March from Staunton Tuesday 10th for Greenbriar river Camped at Buffalo Gap arrived about dark next day we Marched to the calfpastures [unclear: River] camped at Rians about 15 miles arrived about 11 o clock next night we camped at Bullpasture river the town of Hull from there went to Hevenees store Struck our tents that night we received the news the Yankees were leaving Cheat Mountain and that about one thousand Yankees were near Peters Burg hardy County Va (now West Va.) So we changed our line of march for Petersburg Hardy Co. Arrived at Straight Creek Ottobine Chapel it is said we will encamp here a few days as we expect a portion of three companies of cavalry and a regiment from Bedford and some artillery good health prevails throughout the regiment generally and good spirits our Company is all well that started with us from Staunton Some few of the regiment give out but not many we had our knapsacks hauled therefore it was not so hard on us I did not mind the march at all yet we have a splendid old cook Jacob Craun he provides well for us he cooks all the time for us and we sand guard in his place we get plenty to eat and Jake Cooked us some light bread this morning and we got some fresh highland Butter Bull [rest of this letter is missing].
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