Camp Bragg near Lewisburg, Tenn.
May 31st, 1863
Dearest Sallie, I am glad to tell you that John C. landed here yesterday evening safe and sound with your welcome little letter and bundle of clothes. I was really glad to learn that the Yanks had not got into our part of the country any more and that you were all getting along so well with your farm and domestic affairs. I first read the letter and found out that you had sent me some cakes in the bundle of clothes. I was very anxious to get it and get something good to eat from home, from her who is ever near and dearest to me on earth - but alas! When John C. called me up to get my bundle, he told me that his load was so heavy that he had to take the cakes out and I s'pose eat them. I was very glad to get the clothing as it had come from your own hands, but I was considerably disappointed in not getting the cakes. You have no idea how glad I would be to get something good to eat from home. I am stalled out on bread and meat and water. We get a little milk once in two or three weeks from the country - but it comes so seldom that it does but little good. Oh! If I only had the milk and butter that our Negroes have and to spare, how glad I would be. They know nothing about hard times, but if they ever try the Yankee camps they will find it out.
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