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Camp near Greenville March 29th 1864

My dear Wife

As I have a very unpleasant subject to write upon I will write you a very short letter. We received orders this morning to march without delay to Virginia to report to Col Shingles of the [?] Legion together with four other companies from the coast to make a regiment, this news will distress you much I have no doubt, but as it could not be helped you as well as myself will have to be reconciled to it, and hope it may be for the best [.]We do not know what

[verso:] in either case we will be likely to see hard times [.] The Capt said this morning that he might go as low down as the Winsborrough7 on the [south?]8 in order to get food for the horses but it seems to me that would be too low down we may go by Charlotte[?] if I cand find when we will be likely to pass nearest home and I will have you to meet me if only for a few hours if you desire to do so. I expect we will take up the line of march in three or four days, probably Saturday or Sunday next. I am much worried that I have no better horse than [Mogan?] he will in all probability fail very soon. I will write you tomorrow and give you our route if I can possibly find which it will be.

May God bless you + my dear Children

Your devoted husband W E Johnson

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