Lookout Valey Dec 2nd 1863

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Lookout Valey Dec 2nd 1863

Dear Wife
…How is it with your friends the Desserters, are they still lurking around, a part of the time lying in the woods for fear of the Marshall & at all times ashamed to see the face of an honest & honorable man, or have they all gone to that bourn of refugees & niggers-Canada; one or two of them served up in the presence of the regiment might serve as a warning to others but the punishment to them too slight, Death by musketry in the hands of true and Loyal men engaged in the defence of their country, is to honorable, rather let them suffer through a long life the upbraidings of their own guilty concience & the execrations & contempt of ther fellow men. However I hope that thare will be an oportunity offered by government this winter for them to return to duty & that they will be wise enough to profit by it.
yours as ever
John C. Griswold