-   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"

"Culpeper Va          
January the 7th 1864      
                    Dear 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
To my Sister
Elvesa Mount
[?] J [?] Mitchel"
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. MountPaul 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

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