Letters, 1860-1864
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Henkel, Abram Miller to Henkel, Caspar Coiner, August 3, 1862

New Market Va.Aug. 3rd. 1862

Dear Brother,

Your letter of the 29th inst. was duely received. I will now endeavor to answer it. We are all well at preasant. Cousin Lewis got home last Friday eavning; he is not much better. Father says he would not be surprised if [damaged text] there has not been much [damaged text] a great deal of sickness in AugustaAugusta County (Va.) this summer. Gid and I were in AugustaAugusta County (Va.) last week, came back Thursday eavning. The folks were well. I saw Uncle Martin's girls; they were all well. Alexandria was at home yet. They had heared from Charly a few days before I saw them. We brought the heifers, wagon and some of our plunder home. Becca also came along with us; she says she can not stay here if the YankeesUnion Army come. They are still in PagePage County (Va.) (about the river) near the white house bridge. I do not know their strength. They also hold WinchesterWinchester (Va.) yet; they have proclaimed martial law there; allow no one to pass in and out. There have been a great many goods bought in WinchesterWinchester (Va.). Every few days our cavalryConfederate Army men have been taking some goods

Scan of page  2 which were bought in WinchesterWinchester (Va.) by mearchants from RockinghamRockingham County (Va.), ShenandoahShenandoah County (Va.) and AugustaAugusta County (Va.). They are taken as contraband property. Uncle Solon came back from his farm last Wednesday; he brought his cattle with him; bought some few articles in Newtown and put them in a wagon with some one else's goods, and the whole of them were taken. The Y[anks]Union Army did not disturb one thing on his farm. They took all of Shultz's corn, but I believe [damaged text] Pope's proclaimation seems to bother the people very much. It requiers every man to take the oath or leave his home. Father seems to be puzzled to know what to do if the YankeesUnion Armycome and bring into action that proclaimation. They have been doing very badly in Page. Uncle Ambros had a sick spell since the enemyUnion Army have been in Page. We have but little protection from the raids of the enemyUnion Army. Ben is at home now, is geting along tolerably well. I suppose you miss him a great deal. I sent the boots by Moyers; he started this morning. William Hunton started to camp Saturday morning; he would have taken the boots, but we thought it safer to send them with Moyers. They were the last pare of shoes or boots that Mr. Garrison made; he died a short time after he made

Scan of page  3 them. I paid him 13 dollars for them. It seems a hard matter to get those hats made, but I think they will be done the last of this week; I will send them by Isaac Boman or Ben. If you have no stamps, I can send you some. I got 10 dollars worth when in StauntonStaunton (Va.). We have been hauling [wood] and rails, for the last two day. The corn [damaged text] good here, it needs rain. The [damaged text] well, it has been very [damaged text] look very well. We will thresh as soon as we can get the machine. Our wheat was pretty good. If the YanksUnion Army do not visit us, we can still make out to live. Father says he wrote you a long letter in answer to yours, written below Richmond. I have not paid John Windle yet, but will pay him ere long. How do Felix and John look? Is David with Rice's companyConfederate Army now? Benick got as far as Uncle Simon's, and some one met him there, and took him back to WaynesboroWaynesboro (Va.). I suppose you have heared of the young Yankee in New-Jersey. Old Mr Sommers has seen so much trouble that he has almost lost his mind. I had almost forgotten to tell you of the death of Mrs. Rood, she died last Saturday. Julius Stirewalt still lives in town, with Jacob Stirewalt's

Scan of page  4 He is going to quit farming; says it does not suit him. He is accused of being a union man, but if he is, he takes care, and does not express his sympathy. There are but few real union men about here, some that were union have changed since they have been visited by their friends. I think Strickler's sympathy are as much with the North as any body's. I believe old Pope has [ ...ved] [another] [ ] for every one of their [damaged text] citizens. I think if this be true; Jeff ought to isue an order that for every citizen they kill, our men should to kill one Col. of theirs. I think old Pope must be an old fool, and if he does not take care he will get his satisfaction yet. How do you like your Col.? Who have you got for Lt. Col. and Major? My going to school is all nothing now, and I am affraid it will be so for some time. I would like to be going to school, but as long as this abominable war lasts there will be but little school in the South. I must close as I have no more new. Write soon to your brother

Abram M.

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