Camp Ageechee

Feb 17 1863

Dear wife & children

I take the opertunity this evening of droping you a few lines which will inform you that I am very well  my health never has been better than at this time.  camp life agrees with me so far & I hope by the blesing of god it will continue to do so_  I hope this may reach you all well  I have been expecting to reecive a letter from you fer two or three days but have not  there is some stiring never here  the indications of the storm that is soon to burst upon us increase ever day_  there has already been an order issued from Gen Mercer calling upon all citizens to arm themselves in defence of their homes & firesides_ also one from ordering the troops of this command to hold themselves in readiness for action at a moments warning and yesterdays papers contained an order from Gen Beauregard fer all noncombatants to leave the cities of Charles ton & Savannah_ preparalery to meet the expected attack on the two places which is said will take place on the 22sd_ the quatermasters & commissaries stores has already been removed_  the forces here is much stronger here than when I last wrote you and other reinforcements are expected_  The force will in a few days probaly need 10000 men_  I send you my [ambrotype] which keep as a memento of my affection for you and my dear children until I see you again_  it was taken in the position of a soldier (sitting excepted) with a Bible in the left hand which I hope will direct you to Christ who is a rewarder of those who diligently seek him_  I will write you again in three or four days if I do not receive a letter from you sooner  So nothing more at present but remaing your afectionate husband until death

H F Scarborough

[Transcribed by Stacy Bryant, June 2005]

[Edited by Tina Bernath, June 2006]

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