April 6, 1862
To: Sarah Keith
From: Hiram Crawford, Newport News, VA
Soldiers have been assembling for the past two weeks — it is one large encampment of over 100,000 men and 360 pieces of artillery stretching over nine miles long. The Rebels have about 40,000 men. He has to be ready to march at a moment’s notice. He received a letter from Prosper but hadn’t received any answer to his letters to David. Didn’t know what to think. Henry wrote that they had lost their baby.
This letter was originally posted to the Crawford/Comfort Family Letters blog and can be read here.