Headquarters 2nd Brigade, 3rd Division, 5th Army Corps
January 28, 1864
Dear Aunt [Mary P. Brown],
Your letter of the 22nd arrived safe to hand last [night] and I was very glad to hear from you as usual. The papers I received the night before and they were very acceptable also. I should like to have you send me the Ledger while we are in winter quarters, but the other paper I don’t care about as I manage to get hold of a daily paper and get all the news before I could get that paper if you sent it.
We are having the coldest weather now that we have had for the winter but the snow still keeps away and the ground is perfectly bare.
I am sorry to hear that your health is so poor but I suppose being sorry will not do you any good. You must suffer a great deal this cold weather. Where is Aunt Patience? Is she so very busy that she can’t write a few words once in awhile in some of your letters? If so, why all right. I have come to the conclusion that the girls are both dead as I haven’t heard anything from them for some time.
Wilber took a notion to write to me a short time ago and I received his letter night before last. The folks were all well as usual. He likes his school very well. He has seventy scholars. He is going into the business pretty big, ain’t he? We haven’t been paid off since August and I guess we won’t get any pay until next March. But moneys a thing that a person don’t need much out here.
I am enjoying very good health at present which I consider to be a great blessing. I believe I have nothing more to write this time. Give my love to all the folks and accept a good share yourself. Write as often as convenient.
— Albert C. Brown