8 April 1863

Plymouth [North Carolina]
April 8, 1863

Dear Parents,

I have written one letter since I came here giving you a description of our sail here & arrival. Have not received any mail for 3 weeks until today when I received a letter from you & Dr. of date March 22 which came on a boat from New Bern today. Our mail facilities here are very poor. Consequently you cannot expect to hear so often. Many thanks for Mother’s CDV. Certainly think she looks young as ever. I am perfectly well and have been enjoying myself better now than ever since entering the army. Have been here now 2 weeks. Like [it] here first rate. Live in a house next to one occupied by Col…

…46th & 25th are working everyday — Sundays & all. Have built a large fort & threw up nearly 1 mile of breastworks. The rebels have attacked Little Washington which is about 40 miles from here. There is a large force there. They have been fighting there for 9 days. We hear the cannonading very plain.

I suppose J. Alexander is there in Dick Berry’s branch store. I do not have anything to do but practice 2 hours per day. Get along first rate. Co. I & A are still in Newbern. I miss them much. Don’t know anything about Dick. This boat goes back tomorrow or tonight. Consequently shall not write to Dr. so I wish you would send this to him. Was very much pleased to receive his Cartes de Visite. Think it good. Tell him to not worry about the draft but if he is unfortunate enough to be drafted, I will go as sub. I know the good berths in the army & next time I can get a fat & easy place.

I think we are in no danger of being attacked at present. The rebels in this state are driven to the corner. Their deserters say they live on corn and anything they can find. They have no provisions and were it not for their officers, they would lay down their arms.

You must not worry if you do not get any letters from me. I presume I shan’t be able to write again for 2 weeks. No other news. write again.

Oblige your affectionate, — Geo.

Direct as usual