[Camp Sumwalt, winter quarters near Relay House]
May 28, 1863
I take my pen in hand to inform you that I received your kind and welcome letter today and I was glad to hear from you and that you were all well. I will inform you that I sent two likenesses home to you. The first I sent was in a dollar and a half case and the next me and Samuel got ours in one case. I would like to know whether you got them both or not. I will inform you that John Stiffler is in the hospital and he is getting better.
I would like to know whether you got my bounty yet or not. I will inform you we got two months pay again. I sent twenty-three dollars with George Amick to Buckstown today. Father can get it anytime there. I haven’t much to write this time. I think I must bring my letter to a close for this time. Nothing more at present but remember your dear husband, — Jacob Claar
to Christina Claar
Dear Fiddler, I have my knapsack full of fun when I get home again. I haven’t much to write this time. I am bothering you a great [deal] with my money but when I get home again I will pay you double for your trouble. Nothing more at present but remember your dear son-in-law, — Jacob Claar
to Joseph Claar