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Augusta County: Mary A. Smiley to Thomas M. Smiley, December 21, 1864

In this letter to her brother, Mary A. Smiley discusses the health of those at home, the lack of mail from her brother, and the status of the county's volunteer companies for the Army of Northern Virginia.

Dec 21st 1864

Moffett's Creek Va

My Dear Brother.

Have not had a letter from you of later date than Sep 15th Heard through J Hanger. Have looked long and anxiously for letters but disappointed until we have almost ceased to expect a letter, but know it is not your fault that we do not hear. Wright's Beard's & ourselves started a box to you. Hope will have received it. There was a suit of clothes apiese for you and H Wright also some eatibles. Aunt Lizzie had a ham to send but wasn't room for it. Beards sent a box tobacco and pair socks. Nothing of much interest transpiring Friends of the boys well so far as I know We are all in good health at present pa suffered very much a couple of weeks from severe pain in breast could not rest at nights. but is relieved of that now. How Houston died of wound received a few days before, sometime last month. Miss N Emmerson was buried Monday Mr Bill Steele and Miss Annie McNult are to be married to- morrow Both nearly old enough for such a step. Details all in service from this neighborhood generally went to your company F McNult and H Ott got a transfer from that, to Com I 4th Regt Oh: how I wish you were here We feel deep gratitude for kindness of friends to you Tish & I both wrote you in Oct. none since. I'll have to stope

From your devoted sister

Mary A Smiley

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