October 14, 1862
I take my pencil in hand to inform you that I am well at present and hoping that these few lines may find you in the same state of health and Austin and Samuel and I will inform you that there are thirty-six men in our company sick at present but they are getting better fast and I will inform you that we have plenty to eat and drink.
I and William Robinson and Abraham Corl are in one tent. We are guarding the railroad twenty-six miles from Washington City. I will inform you that we have as much bread and crackers and bacon as would fatten a small pig. The first one stands till midnight and the other three o’clock, the third till daylight, and in day time we lay in our tents and take our ease.
And I will inform you that I sent a letter to Henry and a paper to father and I would like to know whether they got them or not. I would like it if the boys would all write to me from the least to the greatest. I haven’t got a letter from home today. Two weeks was the last and I sent two pieces of jewelry home for Austin and I never heard whether you got them or not. I would like to know whether you got my clothes or not and I will inform you that on the 17th of this month we will be two months in the service. On the last day of this month we will be paid off. We are promised 25 dollars bounty, 20 dollar premium and two months wages.
Tell Mike Claar if he don’t soon send me that letter he promised to send, that I’ll come home [and] I will make a general fuss with him.
My best respects to all enquiring friends. Nothing more at present but remember your dear husband, — Jacob Claar
to Christina Claar
Write as soon as this comes to hand.