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Centerville, Va. Sept. 15th, 1861

Father I take the present opportunity of dropping you a few lines to let you know that I am enjoying good health at present and I hope that these few lines may reach you enjoying the scarce blessing of life. there is not much news up here we cannot get any where to get any news and a news paper is a sarcity. there is not much prospect for a fight- yet we have move a bout five miles. Since last I wrote we moved in about one mile from Centerville 22 miles from Alaxandria our regiment is in tolerable good heath at this time. it is getting tolerable cool up here a coat is very comfortable and when we move we will press on towards the city of Washington. the next fight will be at Alaxandria if there is any. I wrote to you for some clothes. if have not sent them you can direct them to the Mississippi clothing Depot mannassas junction and I will get them. I want you to send me a good thick pair of gloves and one of those thick wolen comfort for the neck and ears for I cannot get such articles up here. every thing is powerful high and can hardly be had. I have nothing more at present but remain yours

J. J. Wilson

write as soon as you get this and let me know how things are doing.
direct your letter to
manassas junction
care of Capt. Davis 16th
regiment - Miss.
J. J. Wilson
tell John to write to us

J. J. Wilson Letters, Mississippi Department of Archives and History,