Before Petersburg Jan. 31st 1sxt Divl field Hosp. 9thA.C. ‘65 Dear Cousin Yours of Jan 13th came to hand last week. I take this opportunity to reply in haste for tis already past ten o’clock. I received a letter from home yesterday, the folks were all well, twas tip to sleighing. We had had no snow here since I wrote you before, twice. the ground has been covered about half an inch deep. At present the ice on the ponds is frozen about two inches thick.
Camp Fairbanks, Va. Apr. 13th, 1863 I believe I can write a pretty long letter today or between this & the time I sent it. In the first place we expect to be paid in a few days as the pay master is in the Brigade and will commence paying today. We have had a visit from the President his wife & son.