Jan, the 21, 1864
By the mercy of god I Still live on in fine helth for those blessings I am truly thankful and I hope those few lines may find you and and famly engoying the same bly of a kind father all is quiet here wee expected a bumbardment for the last 3 days but the yanks dident under take it as for my part I dident care I am esy anaway I dont feel affraid this morning is clear and warm Well Mag I want you to Send me a Box by John Ford I told him to tell you when he wold Started back so you cold no when to send it to Haris Burg Well Mag this is a lousey place there is 3 or 4 men Siting around me now with thare Shirts off looking for comfert Mag Send me a Box of pills or 2 and sum tobaco and a ham of meat my clos is all good yet but my jacket
our mes is all well at present except Bad colds Standing out in the rain and win day and knight is a nuf to kill a mule and not half fed at that a little Spung bred and a quarter of a pound of Stinken meet a day about a nuf of bread for one mele but I think it is as good as wee deserve wee ot to be thankful for that and not complain it is all for the best,, if I keep my helth I can git along there is no chance of bying any thing to eat here when we ware at Wilmington we cold by sumten to eat,, I dont know wether wee will Stay here or no there is talk of us going to Fort Camel about half a mile from this
Nuthing more Mag, I remain yours til deathR.C.C.
Mag write R.C.C.
all the Nuse of the Neighborhood in genarl tel me how McGins is geting along and Jim McClelan and all the folks tel maw had for me and all the rest of the famles i cant write to all of them I hant got time tel them to write to me tel Pugey to lay hur old pipe down and Write, R.C.C.
a fu lines I want to no if you got your Shous for winter Mag and ho made them and what tha cost an how yores lether held out and how much you got I want you to crack your corn and wheat good,, keep it locked and see it is dun dont let yer man lock it if you dont watch cloce Save your corn and wheat and take care of your pigs and cows and So on
Mag the last leter I got from you was dated the 12 I wold [would] like to get one a week I wood lik if you cod send me a bottle of lases[note]
and sum ink make up your box tite nale a hoop round the ends Start Ben to plowing as soon as the ground is dry a nuf with both horse to a plow bedup the ground Ben knows how plow out close to the fence I want the fence fixt,, I dont want any one to git on the colts back tel Ben to keep of it turn it out in the feild evry chance dont keep it in the Stables more than you can help dont give peet So much corn that is one thing ales his eyes gives him Salt peles and sulfer and dont let Ben ride him hard nor fite him or pony git Alf to notice Ben as he pases on John cold tel John to talk to Ben about it