Granville Simpson Holt Civil War Letter

Camp Near Fredericksburg
June the 3 1863

Miss Jane Holt


After some neglect of dicos on my part I seat my self this evening to drop you a few lines in answer to your kind letter which came to hand and read with interest It found me in good health and this leaves me in the same hopeing when this reaches you it may find you and all of the family in the same great blessing I am sorray that I have not got something to communicate that will be interesting but alas fare frome for there is no more afloat in this corner of the world that writing Time is still hard and no prospect of them getting an better that is the worst of it if there was any prospect of peace soon I should be in better spirits but all is dark and gloomy there is no ray to shine upon

The Soldiers path to alluminate his path in this life. I think there has bin human Blood a nuf shead alredy But the leading one at the North seames to think otherwise if not they would quit and let us alone.

All seames to be cam at this point on the River Though there is some move going on for we are cooking up two days rashons now and be ready to march some time to night I do not know if to be so but I am feard it is to trice to make fake of for a portion of there Army is moving to day and if there is any marching to be don you may guess the 6 N C has hit to to do there is not much favor shone them and you know that from what you have heard But we must bare it the best we can if God is with who can be against us which I hope and pray he has protected us this fare and I hope he may still continue his bless upon While in this cruel and wicked ware we ask for nothing but our sites and to be let lone I recking that I have write a nuf as I am in a great huray. I do not know where to tell you to direct your letter to as we will leave hear to night or at least in the morning. You can Direct to Richmond Va as I believe that will be the surest way and if we move they will be forward to me so I will bring this to a close by asking you to write soon on the reception of this.

Give my Love and best respect to all of the family be sure to reserve a portion for yourself and I will ever remain
Your Affectionate
Cosin G. S. Holt

Mr. J. W. Maynard my tint mate send his kindest regard to you & Beckey so nothing write soon. G. Holt

[ Address to cousin 1x removed Jane Holt (1838-1886). Beckey is probably cousin 1x removed Rachel Rebecca Holt (1841-1909). ]