Camp 4th Iowa Cav
Hebron's near Vicksburg
Sunday, Jan. 17th 1864
Jennie, My Sister.
I wrote to Sallie a few days ago and told her to warn you of a coming messenger Now I wish I could personate that messenger and not be obliged to that unsatsfactory substitute of letter writing.
I have been away from home too long to get "homesick" now, but I cannot help it, I think of home and friends very often and often imagine the great pleasure I would enjoy were I to meet once again my friends those who have smoothed and lighted a dark path for me, as you have Jennie those who have treated me kindly and encouragingly in the battle of life, as
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