My dear Sister,
I’ll add ^’write’ a little more this
mor^’n’ing as I have a little time. It is a very fine
day but it may be raining before as the weather is
so very changeable here…. Well Joe & Mr Bickers have
gotten off at last. I’m very sorry to part with them
but am glad they got off. It makes me feel like going
home myself to think of their going home, but I can be
satisfied & contented without them as I have so many
warm friends here…I’ve felt worse to day & yesterd^’ay’
than I have since I’ve been here, had the head ache &
a sick stomach yesterday, but I’m a good deal better
this morning & think by resting to day I’ll be well soon,
nearly every one of verour men have had bilious attacks.
There has been good deal of mumps & measles about here.
I will be very much obliged to you for the Bakers kitten
you spoke of sending me, you may have an opportunity
of sending it by Wm Barret, [Willian C.] who is expected here soon.
Pa can find out when he will start. I send my
daguerrotype by Dr Barret, it is not a very good like-
ness I think, you will see it is right black around
the mouth, that is whiskers, I’ve n’t shaved since
I’ve been here, but I must shave soon as Dr. Hall
says a soldier must not allow his beard to grow
longer than four inches….I wd be very glad to see
Bro. John over here next week, it wd be ^’a’ very nice trip
for him, he cd go to Mr Southans from here very
conveniently, for it is n’t but twelve miles.
We had se[r]vices in our quarters last night.
Cousine Dock sends love to all, says you must not
be uneasy about me, for he will take good care of me
& bring me home safely.
My best love to all
Yr fond Bro.
[On page four he writes, “In great haste”.]