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Miss Rachel Peck
Camp near Culpeper, Va.
I received your welcome and long looked for letter last evening and very happy to hear from you but I am very sorry to hear that you have been sick. I hope by the time this reaches you, you will be entirely well. If you are not you must be very careful not to catch cold or overdo. I am very glad that you had such a good place to be sick to and shall always remember Parker and Wife and feel very grateful to them for their kindness to my sister.
I received a letter from David last week. He was well and tough. They were still at Jacksonville but expected to leave there soon and go to New Bern, N.C. 9 steamer loads of cavalry came there the night before and the talk was that the cavalry and colored troops were to hold the place when they left. They could get all the oranges they wanted by going one mile to pick them.
I received a letter from Uncle Solomon’s folks a few days ago. They had not heard from you in a long time. Uncle said he should write to you soon. He fell in the barn last winter and hurt himself so that he has not been able to do anything till lately. They seem very anxious to have me call on them on my way home and stay a few days. I intend to do it if I can make it convenient.
I got a letter from C.S.D. and Jerome three days ago. The folks were all well. Randolph’s folks were going to move their old house the next day to put up a new one.
You have not told me where you are going to teach this summer nor how much you get a week. Though I suppose you will teach near Panama. That place seems to have a great attraction to our family. I have not had any answer from the last letter that I wrote to Leah and I wrote it sometime before Peter Started. I don’t see what’s the matter. If I don’t get an answer in a day or two I shall write again.
Everything is ready for this army to move as soon as the weather will admit. Every thing looks as if we might do something this season and I hope and trust that victory will be ours. But naught but time and hard fighting will tell. For one I am ready to do my share in this summer’s campaign. Or if need be die at my post. My country is well worth the sacrifice.
I must close as I have several more letters to write today.
I remain as ever your affectionate brother