January 23, 1864

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March 6, 1864


Rockingham County Va Camp Near Harrison(burg)

(about Jan. 26, 1864)

My Dear Wife

        I Set my self down to answer your kind and affectionate letter that I received This after noon which gave me great Pleasure to Hear From you and the children.  & all the neighbours and to hear that they are enjoying good helth.  I am quite well at presant and hope that when this reaches you it may find you enjoying the same great and good blesing. I have just finished baking up my rations to move in the morning verry early.  it seams as if we cant get setted this winter.  we are verry snugly fixed at presant if they would let us stay hear.  but no we must march after the yankees again down the vally some where or other I now not where.  but it is reported that we are going to Strawsburg but I am in hope we wont go that far.  for it is about sixty miles from Harrisonburg to Strawsburg.  we are in camp now about five miles from harrisonburg.  I received Fathers letters the 24 and yours the 26 and as we are going to march in the morning I thought I would penn you a few lines to night before we leave camp for when we are marching about it is a poor chance to write.  and you can tell Father the reason that I did not write to him yesterday or to day was that I had sent a furlough in.  and I expected to stard home some time this week.  but this march will nock me out of coming so soon.  but if I am spard to return back to camp I hope I shall get it then  Tell Sissy I am mutch obliged to her for her preety little book.  and tell her I say that she must be a good little girl like the little girl the book reads about.  & tell Jimmy he must make haste and learn how to write.  so that he can write to his poor papa.  I am glad to hear the children have good and cloths but I am sorry to hear that my sweet little willy is so bad.  I expect you have spoilt him.  you must tell James Henry for my sake dont think about marrin while this cruel war is going on think about makeing some bread for his poor old Farther & mother and sisters.  Tell Father that I will write to him rite soon if I dont get to come home.  tell him I am glad to hear that he thinks of farming some this year I am in hope the yankees will not dis­turb you all this winter I will now close my disinterresting letter by remaining your True devoted husband untill death.  so good my dear wife please write soon


John W. Watson


Mr Fox & Willy & Jimmy Join me in love to you and the children & also

to a11 enquiring Friends.  give my Father and mother and the famly and to Aunt Susans famly 5 aunt peggy all the boys are well and doing well so goodby