Respected Father and Mother and little sister:
I seat myself to pen you a few lines to let you know that I am still on the gain and getting tuf again and able to eat my rations and I hope this may reach you the same.
I suppose you are tired of waiting for this to come. You must excuse me and I will try and do better. Well I have just got supper and the dishes washed and now you would laugh to see me at it. I had a good supper of beans, squash and beef, bread, coffee and sugar. Was that not good? Yes.
Well, folks, we expect to march before long to Huntsville,
I hope this is so for I want to get out of the mud.
It is about 2 feet deep and it rains about every other day, but today it is very pleasant. I suppose your sleighing is gone. I should like to have been there about one month to give you a visit.
Oh, yes. My --- drew 4 boxes of --- and they went very good. I tell you Governor Morton sent them to us. The Rigiment drew all they wanted. I have not got them boots yet, but I am looking for them. I am in hopes they will come soon.
Well, you tell Joe I will send her my likeness when I draw pay and you must be a good girl and I will fetch her a nice present when I come home. There is some talk of peace now. If that be the case, I shall get a chance to come home, but I am not very much confident in it, after all.
Well, dad, I expect you are working yourself to death. Am sorry to hear that you have to work so hard. You should not work so if I was there, you can bet on it. I shall, after this, do something for you. Well, I shall have to close for this time. My best respects to all. Write soon and often.
Good night. From,
T. L. Larue
To my folks:
Tell Joe to write to me. Give my respects to John and Mollie.