Henry Barcus, 10 July 1864

Wilson’s Landing
July 10, 1864

Dear Wife,

I this morning seat myself for the purpose of answering four letters I have received from home—June 24th, June 30th, July 4th, from you and William C. Barcus which I will try to do as well as I can. The first thing you say you hear we are going to volunteer for another hundred days. Don’t believe any such a thing. I tell you plainly, as soon as my time in in, I will be home. Don’t believe anything you hear at all. I wouldn’t volunteer another hundred days to save Old Johnny Brough’s [Gov. of Ohio] and old Abe Lincoln’s necks from the gallows. That is the way I feel about volunteering again. So keep your spirits yet. Time will soon be in. Everything looks [   ] here but we don’t know anything about what is going on. A soldier is no more than a dog. But it won’t last long.

I received from home one dollar and ten cents and 5 postage stamps and some goldenseal. The first fifty cents I bought paper and tobacco. The last 50 cents I bought dried peaches with—the only thing I have tasted since I left home that had any taste and they are a poor article. My paper is so bad that I can’t write with ink but I guess you can read it penciled. Dear wife, I will have to stop for the present but I will write again in a few days.

As regards my health, I hain’t been well since the last of June. I told you in one letter that I had the headache for a day or two but that morning it was raining and I felt all right. But as soon as the sun came out, I was as bad as ever. But I am mending now very fast. I have been costive [constipated] ever since I came out. That is what makes my head ache so much. I will add no more but remain your friend, — Henry Barcus

A word to William C. Barcus

My son, you have written me [   ] but I will write to you in a very few days. In your last letter you requested me to come home when my time is in. That I will do and now Carvosso, be a good boy to your mother. I will add no more but send you one and all my love and best wishes, — H. Barcus

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