September 29, 1862
I take my pen in hand to inform you that I am well at present and hoping that these few lines may [find[ you in good health. I inform you that we had war on a small scale last Saturday. Two men were playing with their guns and the one gun went off and shot the one through the thighs.
I sent my clothes home. You can get them at John T. Ake’s Mill. You are to pay the one fifth of the freight.
I have nothing more to write [at] present till I get another letter and give my respects to all enquiring friends. Write soon.
— J. C. Claar
To his beloved wife Christiana Claar
Direct same as before.