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King Family Letter, 1864 December 4

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Camp five miles above Newmarket Va. December 4th, 1864 Dear wife and family it is with pleasure I drop you a few lines this beautiful Sabath [sic] morning that you may here [sic] from me. I thank God I can inform you that I am as well a common though I feel very drowsy. I was guarding general Terrys head quarters lass [last] night and did not sleep Scarcely any. I hop[e] you may receive this in due time, and it may fine [sic] you all in good health and doing well. I have no news of importance to inform you of. we have had very pretty weather in the Vally [sic] for several days, I expect we will move from here in afew [sic] days I know not where. we may go down the Vally [sic] and make an attack on the enemy or we may go up about Stanton [Staunton]. there were about four or five hundred prisoners came by our camp this morning they were taken by Rosser's Cavalry we do not get enough to eat here, we drew half pound of flour and three small irish potatoes this