Camp near Brandy Station, Va.
January 28, 1864
I take my pen in hand to inform you that I am well at present. But I hope and trust when these few lines come to hand they will find you in the same state of good health. I will inform you that I received your kind and welcome letter today and I was glad to hear from you and that you was well and the boys [too].
I will inform you that I was very proud with that likeness that you sent to me. It is very natural. I will inform you that the weather is very fair here.
Our regiment is on picket now for three [days] and nights. I stayed in camp this time. Our camp looks nice and clean. The streets [are] swept clean. Today I bought two mackerel. I ate one for supper and the other for breakfast. I got two for a quarter. I think I have pretty nearly wrote [all] that I know except one thing. I won’t spent my opinion about it. That beats hell about Susan. I can’t get over that right.
I will inform you that there is four deserters in the Second Division that [are] to be shot tomorrow some time. I had some notion [to] go and see them but I have a shanty to put up for a Lieutenant. I think I would rather work at that than to go see the fellows shot. I saw enough of men shot since I am here. All I ever care about [anyway]. I would like to come home this winter if I can get a furlough. I will come home too.
I think I must bring my letter to a close for this time. Nothing more at present but remember your dear husband, — Jacob C. Claar
to Christina Claar
To the fiddle and his Red Baby. Keep it in good tune till I come home for I want fourteen hoedowns. — Jacob C. Claar
to Joseph Claar
I think I can now stop for tonight. No more.