On March 26, 1862 Thomas Boyd wrote his father and siblings back home from Camp Watson near Charleston, South Carolina. The 19th South Carolina Volunteers are still training there and as yet has not been assigned for service outside their native state. He speaks of various individuals, including his eldest brother William, who have recently enlisted for Confederate service. He talks of the routine there including drilling six times a day for about five hours total. There has been no action out of the Yankee army that he has to speak of. All is quiet except for several individuals who are ill at the time. Also fifteen members of the 19th were away at the time cutting timber for building boats.
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