Camp 1st Mich Cavalry Bona Church VA Sept 9 1863 Capt L. G. Estes A. A. Genl 3rd Division Cavalry Corps. Sir. I have the honor to state that at the battle of Falling Waters my Regt captured 2 battle flags. These, by the order of Genl Kilpatrick were carried to div- [ ? ] to be placed in the archives of the [ ? ] but that one of them might be obtained by application made in the proper manner.
Camp near Hartwood Church Aug. 14th, 1863 Dear Uncle: Not having held any correspondence with you since I have been in the army, it is with some reluctance that I write now, for I know that, through different sources, you hear enough and more perhaps, of this war than you care about already: but thinking that a letter from me giving a short account for the part “we wolverines” have taken in the late campaign, might be of some interest to you. I concluded to write to you.
Sir I respectfully recommend as worthy of promotion Sergeant James B. Lyon of this regiment. He merits promotion for universal good conduct and [ ? ] bravery in many actions.
Dear Friend Pheby I though I would write a few lines to you to let you know I still live altho I never have writen before it was because you are almost a stranger to me for I never saw you but a few times I am in the hospital at Haggerstown I have ben slightly wounded
Washington July the 7th, 1861 Dear father and mother i take my pen in hand to wright you those few lines hoping to find you in good helth as it leaves me at present I expect you have been thinking about me very often because i did not wright before