White Oak Bottom, Md. Oct. 15/61 Dear Florence, I don’t know but that I should not write so often but as times life grows dull in this camp camp, reading matter is scarce & I can do nothing but drive dull excess away by writing. Now ain’t that a good introduction? Won’t you feel honored by it?
M.D. Oct 1 st, 1861 Dear cousin I am sorry that our folks are all dead but I hope there is still one left to answer this letter. I have not heard from any of you since I left Home. I have written about five letters to you and Joe Morris and our folks, but I have received no answer. I have used up all my postage stamps and the secesh don’t keep any for the boys borrow of them to much.
Kalanama Heights 3 miles west of Washington Dear Florence Sept 24th 1861 After a long tiresome ride, we reached W. on Saturday. I immediately moved into camp at this place. I am familiar with this region as It is near a fame of ours on Meridian Hill
Richmond August 16th 1861 Dear Wife I will write a few more lines to let you no how i am gitting along my helth is good at present and i hope these few lines will find you the same muray is well i have wrote two letters before this ellin dont git discourage and take care of yourself and dwelly the best you can til i git back i think of you often
Richman August 3th 1861 Dear Wife I will write a few lines to you to let you no how i am gitting along i am well at present and i hope these few lines will find you the same murry is well ellin i want you to keep up good courage and try and git along the best you can til i com back but i do not no when that will be but dont wory about me
at the edge of the woods. I have been at that post four nights in succession the Picket guards are not relieved at all we have to relieve each other one watches while the other wraps his blanket around himself and lays down on the ground and sleeps we relieve each other every 3 hours
Camp Willcok June 29th 1861 Dearest Ellin I recieved your letter 27th and was glad to here from you and that you was well and the rest of them i am well and in good helth i am helther than i was when i left home the rest of the boyes is well bill Cole is well again there is no excitement here i exspect we will have a good time time the forth of july i whish that it was so that you could git your likness tackon with dwelly and send it in a letter it would do me good to see it if you have not got the money git some of mr trip and i will pa him when I com home
Canton May 28 1861 i recived your leter to day and was glad to here from you and here that you are well but was very sorey to here that george was sick your leter stated that he was giting beter i hope that by the time that you git this he will be up and a round i want you to be very carfrel with your self and tell george and Murey to due the same we are all in good helth at presant we think a bout you all ourbey
Niles, Aug. 7 1859 Dear Cousin: I received your letter in due course of mail and was glad to hear from you and more than all was glad to here that you was well and that you was enjoying and hapiness you stated that you had receive no answer to your leter this is the first that I received from you thare must be some mistake some whare I have not heard from my folks in 2 monts
Canton Oct the 21 1853 Dear Cousin as we received your kind letter I will try to answer it we are all well Clit is so she is around quite well so we toock her over to her sisters last thuresday & Adellbert has gon to the north whare Willie is so that leaves us with but 2 children at home