May 25th, 1863








*The year for this letter is believed to be 1863, due to similar references during the same time period.


Hd. Qrs. 62nd (missing) P.V.

May 25, 186 (missing)


Dear Sister


            Your letter was recd day before / yesterday.  I was glad to hear from / you.  I am sorry that that letter with the / ten dolls enclosed was lost. I sent a / letter to Mattie & one Tom Gales about / the same time and they were both / lost, I expect too.  As soon as / we are paid again I will send you / some money.  Are you going to / let Jim go to Freeport again,s / I had a letter from Mattie yesterday / she was not very well.  I saw / Ell. Lyon the other day he is well, / Ben Huey & the Myers boys are well /


            I had a letter from Mr Mateer a / short time ago, He is a good friend / to me I think, but he was a little/ fast when he said that I had never turned / my back upon the enemy. We all have / to scratch gravel very industriously some- / times.


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             If you should need money badly before / we get payed again let me know & I / will get some for you.


            I had a letter from Mother / a few days ago.


            The weather was very hot for a while here, today it is cool.


I am very well.  Give / my love to all the children / & Remember me to all / the folks


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