I Velma E Gunning cherishes this Book. It is over 100 years old. And I [ ? ] [ ? ] my 86th Birthday. I was born on May tenth 1907. My husband’s Father (John W. Gunning) severed in the Civil War also. He was the drumer boy. I have never heard a Negro say “Thank You” to norther who enlisted to free the slaves. Asa Smith Byersvillel Livingston Co. New York Jan. 28th / 64 1. Jan 28 Grand Rapids Mich Enlisted in the service of the US Sixth Michigan Cavalry Co. H. Enlisted by Sergt. J.L. Martin Drew one set of dishes
Camp on the potomac Monday Creek Near March Fallmouth My dear parent virginia The 9th 1863 i have just recieved your kind letter and i was glad to hear from you once more and to hear that you and all the rest of the family were enjoying good health and i hope that these few lines will find you still enjoying the same blessing as they leave me at presant time i am sory to hear that grand father is so ill but i supose that if it his time to go he must for it is just as natural for a man to leave the world as it is for him to come into it
Headquarters 19th Regt Near Alexandria Va Dec 28th 1862 Sunday Evening [ ? ] forgotten Friend Hatt I received your letter soon after date Dec 19th but postponed an answer for this reason I had no stamps sent after them to Washington and Alexandria but failed to get them consequently your answer was delayed.