October 24, 1861: Pressley Boyd writes a letter to his brothers and sisters from Rock Run Camp near Centerville, Virginia. The 7th South Carolina has not done much recently of note. He talks about a man who died the day before who he said was one of “Capt. Cody’s men.” Pressley says he was “cut to [pieces] with a knife.” He notes having had a big day the troops being reviewed by General P.G.T. Beauregard. He also notes rumors of upcoming fights which he expresses doubts over due to the worsening winter conditions. Other things noted are the fall of Port Royal [Hilton Head] in South Carolina and rumors of all the remaining men in Abbeville being called up and sent to Charleston.
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