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September 30, 1862


September 30, 1862


From George Murray to his parents, dated 30SEP1862, Camp Prescott. Moved camp and had their large tents taken away, but were issued overcoats. Marching along the Bull Run Road came upon burnt out houses, dead horses, etc. Asks for postage stamps. Mentions a friend who may be discharged soon. In pencil on folder stationary, soiled, with a dark smudge on the right. Two tears at the top along the folds. Embossed ""F"" crest at top.


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Camp Prescott Va. Sept 30th 1862

Dear Father & Mother.

I now take my pencil in hand, to let you know, how I am, and to tell you how we are getting along. I am well and all the rest of the boys, except Charley Wilson who is in the hospital at Washington, he gave out before we got far from Camp Crossman. I am afraid that Charley will have to get his discharge, as I think he can not stand it. We have moved our camp about a mile back of our former camp. They have taken our large tents from us, and gave to us the small shelter tents, three men in a tent, and each man has to carry a piece along with him. Last Thursday we went out on picket duty, three or four miles beyond Bailey's Cross Roads, our company being on the left of the regiment, of course we were the farthest out; our company was on the Bull Run road. Such a sight along the road I never saw in all my life, horses had been gutted, and horses laid dead along the roads. We received our overcoats last Wednesday and they were of great use to us on picket, because towards morning it blew up cold. We put on what looked as if it had been an old camping ground, bricks &c were strewed around. Last Saturday we started out for to dig entrenchments, but when got back of Fort Blarney we were ordered back to camp. We crossed the Alexandria and Bull River Rail Road last Thursday, and last Saturday. I was on the advance guard yesterday, and I hope just come off. General Robinson reviewed his brigade yesterday. His Brigade is composed of the 63rd Pa. 68th Pa for Scott Legion 20th Indiana 14lst Pa 105 Pa 114 Pa and 6th Rhode Island battery, and a regular battery. There is an awful cloud of dust to the left of us, as if a large body of troops were passing. Direct as before. Write soon and let me know all the news. Please send me some postage stamps. Excuse the paper as this is all I have. I wrote a letter to Tommy and Aunt Sarah. Give my love to all inquiring friends.

G. Murray

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George Murray


September 30, 1862




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