Henry A. Smith to Clarissa A. Smith

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Belle Island Va Nov 20th 1863 Dear Mother

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Your letter of Nov 3rd came to hand yesterday It came rather unexpected but I was as glad to receive it as though I had been expecting it I am glad to hear th at you are all well and geting along I think your letter came through very quick I wrote to you a few days ago probably you have not received it yet When we are exchanged I shall come home if I can but dont expect to eat apples and drink cider with you till about a year more That land you are about to buy is a good piece of pastureing and I believe it takes in a number of apple trees does it not I think you got a good price for the steers Give my love to Carter and tell him I hope he will not have the misfortune to be taken send me a little black thread

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prisoner I knew that Wesley Watts was wounded but never knew certain whether he lived or not I knew that Oramel Morse was killed I saw O Kimb all of Bethel and Sergeant Everest fall from their horses wounded have not heard from them since We went into the fight at Gettysburg and from that time untill Septem ber we knew not what became of Capt Cushman we heard then that he was wounded and went home Have you heard from Father lately where is he how is his health and what is he doing I think the boys have done first rate this summer I am glad to hear that Bill is gro wing and fating up My health is good I dont think of any more to write now My best wishes to you all Good bye for this time

From your Son Henry A Smith