July 7 , 1863

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July 7 , 1863

Porterville, Dekalb Co, Ala, July 7, 1863

Dear Sister and family[,]

             As Mr. Swain is here and I have an opportunity of sending you a few lines, I will rite to let you know we are all well[.]  William Rigney is living in 3 mile of us[.]  Him and family are all well[.]  Sister Mary Byran[‘]s son William was here about too months ago[.]  He had been in the Battle of Shelbaville [sic] and was taken sick and had been sent to the hospital at Rome gorgia [sic] to improve his health and herd of us and came out to see us[.]  He states that his brother John died in Mississippi at Lauderdale Springs[.]  Henry was killed at the battle of Fort donnelson [sic][.]  Sister has but one son and daughter living[.]  My sons are all in the army together[.] The[y] belong to Harisons Brigade Whortons division Co (B) 3rd Confederate Regiment.  Shelbyville Tennessee we here that the[y] are fiting thare and fawling back in Jackson and Chatanuga[.]  We are all doing the best we can[.]  Our corn crop looks very well our wheat is very good wheat here is generly very [?][.]  I must bring my letter to a close as Mr Swain is starting[.]  Give my love to all the connection and reserve a portion for yourself[.]  Pray for us and pray that this war may come to a close[.]  Pray for our children[.]

 Write soon[.]  I remain your affectionate sister Susan B. Williams to

             Elisabeth Hackworth and family

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