Letter from Dolly Smart, 16th Virginia, Camp Huger, Norfolk Harbor, Va., to "Cousin Mollie", no place. Dolly is glad to hear she "and the rest" are enjoying good health. He is in winter quarters at last and thinks Mollie's uncle would enjoy spending a week or so there. General William Mahone has stopped all furloughs home and he expects an attack soon. France and England will lift the blockade if "Old Abe" has not whipped us in twenty two days. Several from the artillery companies went down to Ocean View to see a stranded ship which got off. Some "swell-head Ladies" visited the camp and the Colonel ordered a dress parade. Mr. Henry Barrett of the Fleets Rifle Guard got married last week. All the men in the mess are non-commissioned officers who "try their best to get something out of us but they can't do it everytime". His first experience in cooking was making "bisquets which were first rate."
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The Dolly Smart Letter was part of the Civil War Collection, Mss. 39.1 C76, until November 2017. The former citation was Civil War Collection, Special Collections Research Center, Swem Library, College of William and Mary.