Fredericksburg, Virginia March 27, 1862
I take this opportunity of writing you a few lines to let you know where and how I am.
I am at Fredericksburg, Virginia in the Hospital though I am not sick. I have been sick but I am now able to go to duty. We had to leave our winter quarters a few days ago and the Yankees are now in possession of them. We are expecting an attack, I believe, after the forces are ordered to hold themselves in readiness to march at (anxious warning). The 1st, 2nd, and 3rd North Carolina and thirtieth Virginia Regiments left here the day before yesterday for N.C.
I think that this place will soon be evacuated because we are not doing anything towards fortifying the place.
I have nothing of interest to write you, Uncle. I want you to write to me as soon as you receive this and let me know how times are in Texas for I have not received a line from anyone scence I left home so you may think I am getting very anxious to here from you.
Tell Aunt Elizabeth to write to me and to give my respects to all enquiring friends and receive a portion to yourself.
Yours most respectfully,
Transcribed by Rick Featherston (great grandson) from a copy of the original hand written letter.
Malichiah Reeves was a private in the 1st Texas Regiment of Hoods Brigade, Company I.
The battle of Fredericksburg took place December 11-13, 1862 where the Confederate forces slaughtered the Yankee forces while under protection behind a stone wall on Maryes Heights.
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