Battle of Roanoke Island

Camp Griffin
Feb 13th, 1862

Dear Father

I received your letter to night and I was very glad to hear from you and to hear that you were well and enjoying good health as this leaves me in at the present    I have got a very hard head ache to night but not hard enough to stop my writing to you    there is quite an excitement in our camp to night in Regard to our Victory at Roanoke island    there is immense cheering all around    I can hear them for miles and all the bands are playing in every Regiment for miles around    I can hear the old long toms a belching forth their thunder tones    I had a very narrow escape to day    I was walking around on our parade ground and I heard a gun go off and I heard the bullet a whizzing right towards me    I threw my self flat on my face and the bullet struck a stump not 10 feet from me    if I had been standing up I should have certainly got hit    I thought I would get out of range of that gun on a dubble quick I tell you    our mud is a drying up fast    it was warm enough here to day to make hay    I swept suet like a butcher all day    I am agoing on picket guard to morrow morning but I must stop for this time    write as soon as you get this    from your Affectionate son Forrest to his Father & Mother

Direct your letters where you Always do

-- Next Letter: February 16, 1862

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