Dec. 16, 1863. Augusta County, Va
I this morning set my self down to write you a few lines to inform you that I am well at Presant. and hope when this come to Hand it may Find you enjoying the same great and kind blesing. We are at this time at buffalow gap about 10 miles west of Stanton. we left orange monday the 14 and came to Stanton that night. and the 15 we come here. and we are here at the presant time, but know not how long we will stay here. Some say we dont expect to stay here but a few days and I hope we wont Stay up here in this wild mountain country among the rocks and hills. my Dear wife I have almost give out looking for a letter from you for I have writen three or 4 letters to you and have not gotten but one from you and that was the one that Isaac brought to me. I received one from farther and was so happy to hear from you all. you must write as soon as you get this. give my love to all enquiring friends, and keep a potion for your self and children, you must excuse this badly writen letter. no more at presant but remain your sincere husband until death. J. W. Watson
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James P Bloxton and Willy Payne are well and join me in love to you. and all enquiring friends.