November 27, 1862
I take this present opportunity to inform you that I am well at present and hope these few lines will find you all in good health. I received a letter from you yesterday and it was wrote on the 5th of October and mailed on the 6th. I was glad to receive it but it was a little after the time you had stated in your letter that we were going to fight the Indians but we don’t know anything about it.
We still stay on the [rail]road all winter. I like it very well.
We have quit company cook today. We get five days rations. We will cook ourselves. Our line of picket is three miles long and till they carry out the grub, it is cold and not fit to eat now. We do our own cooking. Today at dinner we took the first meal and we had a first rate dinner.
I got my new revolver yesterday. It is a very nice pocket piece. I will send you a form of it and you can take a look at it and when I come home, you can take a look at my revolver. It is a very nice little gun and Tuesday I will get my new boots and then I will be sassy. The captain appointed me for wagoner but I won’t need the team till we leave the railroad for we won’t need it here on the road. I sent a record to you and let me know whether you got it or not.
Nothing more at present but remember your dear husband. — Jacob C. Claar
to Christina Claar
Dear fiddler and clock cleaner,
I take my pen in hand to inform you that I am well at present and I hope these few lines will find you all in the same state of health. I haven’t much to write this time. I must still write a little or you would forget me. — Jacob C. Claar
to Joseph Claar