Again I pick up my pen to write you a few lines to let you know that I am well and harty and hope this may reach you the same. I have not heard from you in a long time except by the way of W. McCaslin. He has got back hear again. I have not heard from John larue folks nor from Sylves for over six weeks. I guess they want to spare the stamps and paper. If they want I will send them some soon.
We are still on half rations and live like kings. They say we get full rations the 10th of this month. I hope so for I want to sit down and eat a full meal on something that will do some good. But I have not starved yet and shall not as long as I can get at it. It does cost lots, I must live.
It rains almost every day and we have lots of mud and some snow. I expect you have --- sleighing. Well, dad, I think you have done as well as you can do for there is enough room I guess. Well do the best you can and I will do the same. We will be paid off in a few weeks. The paymaster is here now. We may get pay in a few days. I will send all that I can for I will have to keep about 5 or 6 dollars for myself for tobacco and some if I should happen to be sick. I shall clear about 7 dollars. I can't help you some, you see.
I have no news to tell, only the boys are well and -- -- ---.
Some spend all of there money at once and more if they can get it. Well, egg, you tell them folks that mind your business to mind their own. ----you tell Joe that I can't find any little things for to send to her. I will send her something someday. I sent --- --- some pictures. I have not got any letters from you in two weeks but must close.
From your son,
T. L. Larue