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24 May 1863

Camp near Aquia Landing, Va.
Sunday, May 24th 1863

My Dear Mother,

It is with pleasure that I now try to pen a few lines to let you know that I am well and hope you are the same. I got yours of the 18th inst. and was glad to hear that you was going to get some new things for yourself once more. There is not anything to write about so I ca’t write much but you say I must write a little. I am in a hurry for I must go on guard. I shall have to send this without a stamp for they can’t be got for love or money around here.

As for my being lucky, I am one of the lucky kind, you know well. I shall have to close by hoping that tobacco will come soon. So goodbye.

—Ed Whipple

Co. C, 111th Regt. Pa. Vols., Washington, District of Columbia

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