May 23rd, 1863
* The year for this letter is believed to be about May 23,
1863, due to the Court Martial reference in the letter
of May 21, 1863.
Give love to all the children Your Bro Gus
Hd. Qrs. 1st Div. 5th Corps
I recd your letter of 1st inst / this evening. I will write
a few lines / this evening, while I wickedly smoke / my
evening cigar. I am on court / Martial at Div. Hd. Qrs.
about 8 miles / from the Camp & am staying all / night.
I had a letter from / Mattie tonight. She & Mother were /
to be at Curllsville next week, but / from what she wrote.
I donít think / Mother will be well enough to travel / by
that time. You want to know / how soon we will fight. I
canít / tell you that I am not / overly anxious for fight but
when / we do I hope we will have / better luck than we had
the / last time. Ben Huey & Myers boys are well. I am very
We are in a rather pleasant / part of the country here.
There / are a good many nice looking /
girls here all pretty strongly secesh / and as I am a married
man / I am not trying to convert any of / them. I had a letter
from / Sis the other day. She said / that Mother was sick.
Mary / was not well & that she (sis) had / the headache I am
glad / to hear that the young ladies / are all in a good state
of health / You spoke of having a Miss Green / working with
you I used to / know a Miss Green her / name was Mary
Jane Green / I hope Mother will be well enough / to go to
Clarion Co. at the time / Mattie spoke of, And hope / you
will all have a pleasant time / You asked me sometime ago
if I was Lt. Col. I / am not. I will let you know when I / receive
any promotions. I had a long talk with / Ed. Geary he is taller
than I am & seems quite a fine / fellow & is spoken of as a
very good officer.
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I sent you 5$ by express the other day / Let me know when
you need / money /