Letter from Alexander Van Riper to Henry Van Riper, October 5, 1863
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Camp at Detroit October 5 63 Dear Cousins
I wones [onces] moar [more] take my pen in hand to let you [k]now that I am well and hope these few lines will find you all the same thay [they] ar[e] going to send us to camp Chase to moarow [tomorrow] and I think that thay [they] will send us down that way thay [they] have got us in the [barracks] and thay [they] wont let us out but then I doant [don’t] car[e] for if thay [they] wood [would] give me a chanes [chance] I wouldn’t come back thar [there] on till [until] I am a free boy a gain henry I am soary [sorry] that I did not sea [see] you be for [before] I left thar [there] I did not go that day I went up the next day I went over to knight and staid [stayed] that night and then went up on the twelve o clock train hank I hope that you will have good times this winter this is the [first?] time that I had to to leave [..alet?] huron henry thar [there] is 19 to be drafted out of brownstown and 38 out of A [dsh?] that will bring som[e] of them out I ges [guess] well if you can read this you can do moar [more] than I can doant write un till you hear form me again oh how ar[e] you I am all wright [alright] I tell you that we had a good breakfast this morning thar [there] ar[e] 10 boys out of our company hear [here] now well now [no] mor[e] for this time sow [so] good by [goodbye] from A. Van RiperTo Henry A Van Riper
Well willis how is the coaltes and have you sould [sold] them yet I hope that you hant [haint] for you cant git [get] kas good a team as that in the town of brownstown and one that will run as fast now [no] mor[e] for this time best still remain your cousin Alexander Van Riper
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