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Cam Thorny spring
Pulaskia Co Va March 18 186[no last number]
Dear father & mother
I thank the opertuenity of riting to you to inform that wee are camped 3 miles north of Dublin wee [word marked out] havent anny thing to doo at this tim moor than it is raining very hard now I cant tell you any thing about the yankes for they are so fair off that wee cant ever hear from them give my love to all rite to me as soon as this comes to hand [g] and give mee al the news that is si[r]ing & Dirct to Dublin Depot Co [I/J] 60th Va Regt Smiths Brigade Woetins Division
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So I remain your moas affecenate son untill Death
Thomas Ather [word I can't read]
[word I can't read] [Va]
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Submitted by: Myrtle Corell Myers. Transcription by Susan Shields Sasek. Items in brackets [ ] are my notes or words/characters I had difficulty reading.
This letter was owned by Elmira Byrd Corell, who was the daughter of William Tazwell Bird and Sarah Elizabeth Arthur, and the granddaughter of Greenville Arthur and Frances Dakin. Greenville (1817-c. 1902) and Frances (1825-1883) Arthur had a son, John Thomas Arthur (1846-1895) who would have been 15-19 years old during the Civil War, so the letter could have been written by him. Greenville Arthur also served in the Confederate Army.
Greenville also had a brother named William Thomas Arthur (c. 1820 -1864) who also may have the author of the letter -- I don't have death dates for his parents, so I can't rule him out, but I believe it more likely that the letter was written by Greenville's son John Thomas Arthur.
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