|-||Letter preserved by the family of Agnes (Mount) Clapp of St. Paul, Indiana|
|-||Transcribed by Don T. Mitchell June 10, 2002 for Shelby Co, Indiana family history website|
|-||On stationery provided by the U. S. Army with a logo and slogan "UNITED FOREVER"|
Note: Elvessa (Mitchell) (Mount) Mount (1827-1927) was the daughter of the Noble Twp. farm couple, Edmond & Elizabeth (Rutherford) Mitchell, and Agnes's (see note above) great grandmother by her first marriage to James S. Mount. Paul Mitchell (1792-1867) was Elvessa's uncle and my great great great grandfather. The letter must be from her bachelor brother, James R. Mitchell (1839-1892). Elvessa's brother Joseph Mitchell (1832-1912), also a Noble Twp. farmer, was married to Mary Ann Jones (1831-1905), and would surely have asked his wife to send "a few things". DTM"Culpeper VaDear Sister I take the plasure to write you a few lines to let you [k]now that I am well and hearty at the present time I wrote you a letter a few days ago but I have tooke a notion that I would like to have a few things All the rest of the Boys ar giting things from home + it makes me think that I would like to have something from home to[o] You can send some candy fruit and some Honey + whatever you like to send You + Aurilla[?] Newton can put them in a Box to send them to gether [She] is going to send her small things to you + you can put them to gether + have them Expressed to Major Welch Seeing all the boys giting good things from Home it makes me [want] things that I would like to have something to[o] Being that I wrote to you few days ago I will not write you but a few lines for the present + write soon a gain I want you to write often as you can [?] , and to hear from you [?] but remain your Brother Untill deth write some more + I will do the same
January the 7th 1864
To my Sister
[?] J [?] Mitchel"
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