Library of Congress Civil War Manuscripts.Thanks to Deidre Goode of Boston and Washington, D.C, who braved the inclement weather to make copies of these letters.
Letter of Jefferson James Asbill, approx. age 30.Company A, 19th Regiment SC Volunteers; Library of Congress, Civil War Manuscripts (Very light copy)
Camp Hampton [Hampton?] So. Ca. December 29, 1861
Dear Wife.I drop you a few lines to let you know that I am well and better satisfied than I expected.We were mustered in the 28.I expect that we will leave for Charleston next week but I don’t know when.You must be satisfied for I am.I am better satisfied that I thought.We have a’ plenty to eat; beef and bacon and _____.Tell George that he had better come on.We stay busy here that there would be ____ for twelve thousand men.We never left Aiken till Friday morning.I have not been here [at] Camp enough to have much to write yet.Holstein Company got here last night.There are about fifteen hundred troops here now.Tell Bob (1) to feed the Colt and pigs____ I can come home.You must write as we may leave soon._____ he is well. Nothing more but remain your loving husband.Direct your letter to Columbia So Ca. in care of Captain Watson.
I am going to Church now to hear ___ and Edman preach.
1) Ancestry.com shows J.J. in the 1860 census with a three-year old son named Robert.He also had a brother named Robert per Bennett Asbill history.