Davis and Deyoe Family History

The Genealogy of Lester and Eleanor Davis


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Text of a letter written to his daughter.

Camp Near Bristow
Station Va Apr. 15th

Dear Daughter

I feel now indebted to you to answer your letter which was received sometime ago. No doubt you may think it strange of receving [sic] an answer so long after, though it was not for the want of inclination that your letter has so long been unanswered. Procrastination is the only excuse that I can offer. I hope therefore you will excuse my seeming neglect.

Dear daughter since we have parted I have seen many changes. Things [?] has passed away with all its joys mingled with cares and sorrows, and the mind seeth to the past with mingled regret of pleasure, and sadness a conscious of neglected duties and brings a rembrance [sic] of hours of social converse with our endeared family.

Dear daughter I often wished that I could speak but a moment with you all. Though far happier will our future meeting be when I can return feeling conscious that I have done my duty and taken a part with our County defenders. Our full hopes are that this cruel war may be ended by this summer campaign, we have the men and means to do it with.

Report says that we soon have to leave our old Camp and move to the front. If correct you will soon hear of a severe hard fought battle that is what we expect to see this summer. I must also tell you that a prety [fairly?] hard trial though I am over it again and can now say that I enjoy perfect health. Hoping this to find you and the family enjoying perfect good health Daughter. Camp life is not home but why do we murmer . it is just for a while and then we can again unbuckle our weapons and sheath our swords and with a gladened heart say Peace to all men. When then we can again return to our dear ones at home. I am proud to think that I have such a true and dear daughter as you have shown to be. I say continue so and though [thou?] shall be rewarded for all thy good deed. Evill [sic] deeds shall not go unpunished, but must be rewarded according to their bad act. You know not how dear you have grown in your fathers memory. He will never forget you while you remain in your wise ways and no folly can be traced. Always remember your kind father and he will always think of you, yes! [?] when on the tented battle field where no one is to give a cheering word where you hear nothing but the death and the hideous roar of the cannon. Though if none [?] is near there there are some near in my memory.

Daughter the news are very scarce therefore I must come to a close by hopeing [sic] to hear from you soon. Give me all the news. And write as soon as received as I am very anxious to hear from you soon. I must now close by saying.

Good Bye untill [sic] heard from

From your affectionate
Father, A. Jury

A transcript of a handwritten letter passed to Uva Mae Benfer by her Grandmother, Mary (Jury) Benfer, daughter of Adam Jury, Interpreted by Sandy and Brian Bjorgen
[in different hand was written, "Father of Mrs. Noah Benfer -> Adam Jury died Jan. 4, 1863]

Owner/SourceUva Mae Benfer
Linked toAdam JURY

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