Letter of Joseph J. Hoyle to Spirit of the Age, June 16, 1862
The following letter was printed in the June 16, 1862, Raleigh newspaper Spirit of the Age.
Camp Mangum, June 11.
Mr. Editor: This will inform the friends of the "South Mountain Rangers," that we are still at this place, and probably will remain here a few weeks, as we have not been armed yet. The health of our regiment is not good. (The measles and mumps are ragin among us. But there has been but one or two deaths in the regiment that I am aware of. Our Chaplin is a kind affectionate gentleman, and labors strenously for the spiritual welfare of this regiment. May his labors be crouwnd with abundant success. While we are upon the tented fields, we ask an interest in the prayers of our friends at home. Especially do we beseech our Christian brethren and class mates to remember us at a throne of grace. We are here surrounded by almost every influence which tends to divert our minds from serious meditation, and we need divine grace to sustain us. Ah! when I view the deteriorating influences of camp life, my heart heaves a sigh, and I implore the good Lord to cover our heads till his wrath be passed over. Friends, we beseech you, pray for us and our afflicted country till the Lord’s wrath be turned away and the dark clouds of war and oppression give place to the genial rays of liberty and peace.
Co. F, 55th Reg. N.C.T.
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