Letter from Alexander Van Riper to Henry and Willis Van Riper, May 2, 1864
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Stevenson Ala May 2 1864 Dear Cousins
I woanes [once] moar [more] take my pen in hand to let you know that I am all right [alright] and I hope that this will find you well henry we have got to march a but [about] 40 miles and that goaes [goes] touf [tough] on the start but then it has got to be [done?] and thar [there] hant [hain’t] now [illegible] of [toucking?] hank [think?] I feal [feel] beater [better] than I did when ileft home I never left home when it come as hard as it did this time but I am all over that now an[d] will remain so on till this thing is over with hank [think?] my ink is plaid out on me this time thar [there] hant [hain’t] [quite?] as much mud hear [here] as thar [there] was thar [there] and everything looks grean [green] and nise [nice?] and look like home well thar [there] is a [illegible] of that
The hoale [whole] army is on the move now and thar [there] is a going to be som[e]thing don[e] now I think and I hope that thar [there] well
Henry I heard that thay [they] had found my hat up to Hoopars and I wish that you wood [would] git [get] it and seand [send] it to me by mail […bel] it up and send it and I will pay you for it you can send it by mail write as soon as you git [get] this and write a good big one thar is a good mens a going down to the front now and some that will never come back again I am a fraid the boys ar[e] all in health now and all feal [feel] son [some] bet[t]er than thay [they] did when thay [they] left home hank [think?] I sean [seen] som[e] [c…n?] that was up yesterday sow [so] that we coad [could] sea [see] the roads
I tell you that it weant [was not?] hard to come down on hard tack and coffe[e] but than it is all write [right] now Henry if you can read this you can do moar [more] than I can give my best respect to all of the foakes [folks] and to hoane all in quires [inquires] of me Henry write often well I most bring my letter to a close for this time now moar [more] for this time but still remain your, CousinAlexander Van Riper
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