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Louisa County on August 16th 1862

My Dear Father

This beautiful evening finds me
at Louisia Courthouse a distance from Richmond
of 55 miles north of Richmond we have one-
only just halted at Louisia Courthouse to wait
for the wagons and the Ballance of Auxillary Div
ision wee will leave hear to night or tomorrow
and go towards Gordonsville or at Gordonsville
Wee understand that Jackson has taken up a
March in pursuit of the Yankees so wee will be
apt to follow on after him There is a larger ar-
my already at Jacksons command equal or more
than was at Richmond.

Jackson Yeatts and Chim Watson and Green
Walton are all well I sent by Quit [Crist?] Wooding
$60.00 to go home you must send me
word whether you have got it or not this is a
beautiful country I am very much pleased
with it so far as I have seen the water is good.
I will close until wee go further I can not tell
you now until my next letter where to direct
your letter I will wright again as soon as wee
take up station camp further in northern Va
if I live and am not killed by the Yankees &
I hope I wont be hurt I will add no more

From Your Son George W East
To Thomas East Esq.

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I cannot identify the Wooding. The first letter of his given name appears to be a C (look at the Watson in the previous line) but there was only one Wooding from Virginia who was enlisted in the CSA and his middle initial was C. There was an S.D. Wooding in the 53rd but I know nothing about him. He could have been a civilian (maybe a slave?) who had some reason to visit the 53rd but I have not identified him yet. Nat Wooding