Aquia Landing, Va.
March 17, 1863
My dear mother,
It is with pleasure that I now sit down to write a few lines to you to let you know that I am well and hope you are the same. It has been so long since I wrote to you that I have forgotten what I last wrote but you will excuse me when you know how busy I have been. Well, to begin with, I got the paper and gloves and a letter all the same day and have got one since but have not had time to write since till now and hain’t time to write much now. There is no news to write about so I shan’t have much to write.
I have wrote 3 letters that have not been answered yet. One had the receipt for the box in but I got the box after awhile. In your last [letter], you asked me if I didn’t want a dollar. Well, as for that, I would like one for I hain’t any to buy tobacco with. You want to know if I use tobacco yet. Yes, I use it more than I did when at home. You say tobacco is dear there. It is not two dollars a pound, I hope, for it is only that here.
I must leave off and send it as it is for I am called by the bugle.
— Ed Whipple. Co. C, 111th P. V.
P. S. Send Hattie & when you write my address and tell her I would like to hear from her. — Ed