Your kind letter came to hand yesterday and I am always punctual in writing, I like tho present to address a few lines to you. You said that you did not owe me any but I have written two that I have not read any answer from. One dispatched to you and one to your mother. Well here I am at no.3 yet in the same business that I have been for the last 5 months. I like it very well. So far I have had some easy times and some hard! But it is ÿ
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Nothing compared with field service. I served 17 months in the field. Sometimes we had enough to eat and sometimes not half enough. Here we have regular meals and that is good. Not like home, a soldier does not appear to gain as though he was home. Well I have but 11 months more to stay in the army and then my time will be out. You may look out for me to visit you as I intend doing up my visiting before settling down to business. Well I suppose you enjoy yourself living Ithaca and well after you get though your term you must take a trip to Indiana. Sarah sounded most
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happy to see you. I haven't much to write at present but I will try and fill up this page. Old Rosey as we soldiers call him is after Bragg again. He has Chattanooga and Bragg is running for Georgia. It is the option of most officials and people in general that this rebellion is about used up. There will be but a few armed Rebels by next spring/ I think I am fighting them until they are all subdued. I have had considerable experience. I think I have been in 4 regular battles and a great many skirmishes. Too many to mention. The weather is getting cooler. ÿ
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Write often and I will always answer. Very respectfully. your friend J.L.Knapp
P.S. I read a letter from Sarah. She stated that she has not been well but thought she would be better in a few days. I hope so poor girl. She is getting lonesome but I hope to be home before long to cheer her up. My respects to your pa & ma.
Did you know: The word "inst" was a very commonly used abbreviation for the Latin "instante mense" meaning this month.