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3d Divis-2d Corps-A.P.
Elk Run Fanquier County Va
August 17th 1863

Dear Daughter,
Last night I was much rejoiced, on being permitted to see wonce again, your well known handwriting. A glimpse at the envellope, sent a thrill of joy to my heart. I knew at wonce that you was able to write me. And it did me the (more) good, because, it seemed to me that I was cast off, and forsaken, by those that I have always loved. I have received but two letters from your mother since I parted with you and two or three business letters from a friend of mine. Aint this enough to make me think that I am almost forgotten-and that there is no one that cares for me. I have written your mother 9 letters and this makes two to you. I sent two letters to your mother the last two I sent to Morgantown if she has not got them, you be sure and get them. One of them has a check in for three hundred and twenty dollars-which I hope she will get all safe. Eda ponder well, what I said in my other letter. I am so glad that you will soon be well enough to return to school. I expect Frank, is a verry smart boy-but I suppose you are prejudiced in his favour. I expect he wil talk if ever he talks-before I see him again. We are haveing some strange movements here in the army the last few days. I cant tell what it means. Quite a number of Regiments has been sent back to Alexandria, Va. Three Regiments has been sent out of my Brigade-and left the 7th Va here. I dont know what is to be done with us-we may be sent back-and we may not. They may put us in another Brigade and they may give us another Regiment or two-so as to keep up this Brigade. I dont know what and if I did care I could not help it.

It is not strange, that those you speak of should ware butternut breastpins. They have no more sense they have not an idea above a goose. An intelligent idea they never had-just so their parents before them. You labour to become intelligent and all will be well. It is still verry warm here though it has moderated considerably. I would send you some rain if I could. I am sorry to learn that the prospect for a crop of corn is so bad. I was glad to hear that every body was well. Sorry to hear of so much sickness in town.

I am quite well and have been since my return. Hope this will find you enjoying your usual good health.

Give my respects to Mr. And Mrs. Moore. I will write Mr. Moore soon-be a good girl-good bye, my my Dear Daughter.
Jo. Snider