Tom Edmonston to brother B.B. Edmonston Asheville August the 15 1864 Dear Brother It is with much pleasure that I am per mitted [permitted] to write you a few lines to let you know that I am well at this time. I haven’t any thing of any interest to write I received a letter from home yesterday. they was well but very uneasy about Brother Ben. I am very uneasy about him. I am so anxious to hear from him but I dread to hear but I prepared myself to receive the worst but I hope that I will hear good news when I hear poor fellow I know that he has Suff [suffered] so much if he is yet a line [alive ?] tell him I tried to get of [off?] to come and Sed [see] him but could not it nearly killed me to think of never seeing him any more if he is alive I want him to come home as soon as he gets able and if you to come as soon as you can if he is no more if there is any chance for you to resign and get home so that you wont have to join [go in ?] to service I wont you to do it and sat [set, get ?] home with father for he cant sea [see] to anything he is so childish I don’t’ know what will become of him if one of us boys don’t get home soon I have nothing to do that will expose me and my health is tolerable good now my lungs still bleed at times but not so much if the Col. would let us have an election in our com [company] I would get lieut. place but I don’t know when he will give us that privilege I haven’t any thing of interest to write I will close for this time let me hear from Ben soon and often I remain your Brother B B Edmonston Tom B Edmonston p.s. Direct your letters to Ashville 62 Regt for I don’t know how long we will stay hear Tom ----------------- North Carolina Troops indicates “Company muster roll dated November - December, 1864, indicates he was a prisoner of war; however, records of the Federal Provost Marshall do not substantiate that report.” This letter is dated August 1864.