Head Quarters Convalescent Camp "Va"

March 28, 1863

Dear Little Sister "Libby" D. Aurandt
I write these few lines to you, not expecting you to read it, but I do it just because I think it almost like talking to you.  I want "Father" to read it to you so you can say you got a letter from me at an early age when I was long absent from you.   I am pretty well.  That is much better than I was, but I have had a good chance to take care of myself for the last month or two, but the next day my Corps leaves here.  That is the men that belong to it so I can go straight through.  I will leave for my Regiment.  There is on an average about 300 men passing through here every day.  The well ones sent to their Regiments & others retained in Camp.

I must soon close as I have not much to write.  I send you a little work of a few idle moments.  Keep it & let me see it if I ever get home & there I can make it nicer.  Closed

from your brother Joseph F. Aurandt

Written vertically in left margin:
Write soon to Head Quarters at Camp


Transcribed November 15, 1998 by "Libby's" Great-Grandson, J. I. (Pete) McLallen (petemcl@@mac.com)

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