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Augusta County: Thomas M. Smiley to Sister, June 9, [1862]

Thomas M. Smiley describes steady movement of his regiment over a period of days. He thinks they are moving toward Mannassas again.


June 9th

Camp near Culpeper Court House

Dear Sister

I now seat myself to write you a few lines to let you know that I am well but very tired as we have been marching for several days. We left Fredericsburg last friday and got to Culpeper to day. We are now camped on the road that leads to Sperryville Some think that we are going to the Valley and from there to Maryland & Pennsylvania but I have no Idea myself where we are going all that I know is that I think it very probable there will be another battle near the Old Manassa fighting ground as the Yankees have all fallen back that way You should have been along to hear the cheering done by the men as they came in sight of the blue ridge many of them had not seen it since last fall when we crossed over from the valley. I must now close as I have not time to write we are cooking three days rations and I suppose the march will be resumed in the morning

nothing more but remain as ever your brother

Thomas M Smiley

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