January 20th, 1862
Gan & I enclose 10$ for you / write us soon as you get this so we will / know if you get the money
Camp “Betty Black” Jan 20/62
The Boxes of provender / came last night and we have been / living well since. They were a good / while on the road.
We had a letter from Mary jane / the other day Mother intended star- / -ting west today. Mr Ulam was to / go with her. I am glad of that. / The Freeport girls & people were all / well, Gan & I got a letter from / Saline Gibson, she says she is / engaged to both of us and wants us / to draw cuts which will have / her, I don’t know how that will / be. I have a notion to back out. / I am afraid Miliners wouldnt like / to keep house, and I would / rather have a dutch girl. Do you / know any’S Ell Lyon has not / got here yet and we have / allmost given him up. I hope / he will come yet. It is awful / mudy here in Virginia now, and / the sacred soil is entirely too plenty
to suit cleanly people. I was at / the camp of Col Hay’s regiment last week / Saw Bumgardner Henry Shoup and the / rest of the Curllsville fellows Saw / Jim Ryan, Sam Penney has gone / into the regular service, is a Lieut in / the regular army. We thought / we would move before this, but / the roads are too bad for an army to move now. Gan & I are / both well, and Gan is occupied / in supporting the dignity of his / new office of 8th corporal / I had a letter from Ben Heuey / the other day. And one from / Tom Gales. Remember me / to the girls and the rest of creation / about Curllsville that don’t think I / am all the time drunk.
I would have written to you sooner / but I thought Ell would be here / before this. Give my love to / Jim. & Maggie & siddie, and tell / them I think of them very often / and would like to see them very / much. & hope we will all see each / other next summer write soon