Letter from Alexander Van Riper to "Dear Cousin," August 8, 
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Camp of 47th Reg. Aug 8 1864 Dear Cousin
I woanes [once] moar [more] take my pen in hand to let you [k]now that I am well and hope that theas [these] foue [few] lines will find you the same I reseaved [received] your letter a foue [few] days a go and was glad to hear from you and to hear that you was well henry I thought that you had give up writing to me but then I expect that you have all that you woant [want?] to do I [k]now that I have had we have had hard times seanes [since] I wroat [wrote] to you on the 22 and on the 28 of Fuly we had som[e] hard fiting [fighting] for to do but then expect that thar [there] will be som[e] hard fiting [fighting] [some?] be for [before] long we ar[e] laying now wether [whether] [siles?] of thar [there] brest woarks [works] and I will be glad when thay [they] ar[e] gon[e] but than I think that thay [they] will stand and a big fite [fight] hear [here] all though [although] we ccan lick them [illegible segment] and at any time [anytime] but then thay [they] give us all [illegible] we woaned [want?] the other day
henry if you can read this you an do moar [more] than I can henry I wish that you would send me son [some] tobackow [tobacco] for we can git [get] eny [any] hear [here] [illegible] when I git [get] paid I will send you the moany [money] we hant [haint] be[e]n paid of seans [since] I come back and it will probley [probably] be son time [sometime] be foar [before] we git [get] it and iwish that you wood [would] do that moach [much] for me and thar [there] may be a time that I can pay you for what you have all ready [already] done give me best respects to all of the fokes [folks] well I cant think of moach [much] moar [more] to write this time henry if you please send me now an then a [illegible] paper to pas[s] away the time henry I am telling you the trouth [truth] I hant [hain’t] slep [slept] with my shoes of[f] for over one moanth [month] if that hant [hain’t] hard then I doant [don’t] [k]now eny thing [anything] a bout it henry we have got 92 ben for [bounty?] in our regiment and five in the company write often and iwill do the sameFrom Alexander Van Riper TO Henry A Van Riper Direct of be for good by for all
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