Near Camp Sumwalt
December 9, 1862
I take pen in hand to drop you a few lines to let you [know] that I am well at present and I hope and trust when these few lines will come to hand they will find you all in good health. I received your kind and welcome [letter] last night. I was very glad to hear from home and that you were all well. I was glad to hear that Samuel had one tooth and that he can walk. I would like to see my baby. You stated that he was almost as big as his dad.
You had stated in your letter whether I would wash my clothes or not. I keep my clothes clean. I got my boots and my shoes are wore out and I must wear my boots. All that spites me is that I didn’t get home when you had your grubbing. I would like to had some fun. I have seven bushels of oats to get at George Knisely and I owe him seventy-nine cents and give him oats for it.
I will inform you that it is not the name of the captain that I like so well. He is a nice man I will be home as soon as we will be paid. The Captain promised me a furlough and gave me a piece of sausage one yard long.
I won’t send my likeness home. I will come myself and see you all. I think you would like to see me when I come home. I will go through Baltimore and then I will buy something for my boys and bring it home for them and something pretty too and something for Albert.
We have our winter quarters here in the railroad and I like it billyish.
I will inform you that it is nice and warm here too in the daytime. The nights are cold. We have about inches of snow here today. I think it will leave in a hurry. I will inform you that times passes here very brisk. They that I have seen seemed very short to me. I think I must bring my letter to a close. Nothing more at present but remember your dear and affectionate husband, — Jacob C. Claar
To Christina Claar
Dear Fiddler and Clock Cleaner, I want you to keep some of your cider for me till I come home. Nothing more at present but remember your dear son-in-law, — Jacob Claar
to Joseph Claar