Letter from A.W. Van Riper to "Dear Uncle", […] 17, 1863
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Camp Chase, Ohio Dear Uncle
It is with pleasure that I now sit down to pen you a few lines to let you know that I am well and hope this will find you the same I got your kind letter with that money and am very thankful to you for it but it may be some days before I get home for we are going to get paid off in a few days and if I come before I get paid I will lose it so I will wait till we are paid and then I will come home or try to at least for I run the risk of getting taken by the guards but I will try to come Henry Peters will come with me so you may see us soon but you need not look for me till you see me for if you do you may be disappointed but we will come as soon as possible there has been a considerable alarm here for the last week on account of the Rebel General Morgan it was feared that this place would be attacked by him and so they turned out the militia to guard it I wish he had have leave me here if they would have armed the parole soldiers we would have whipped him without the aid of militia [damaged section] I wont write a very long letter this time when I get home I can tell you what I want to better than I can write it give my love to all the folks no more at present but remain your affectionate Nephew until death A W Van Riper
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