And now...the letter....
January the 1, 1862
My Dear Father
I take my pen in hand to inform these few lines to you to let you know that I am well at present and I hope that these few lines will find you in the same state of good health. My dear father, I let you know that I was sick. I had a bad fever. I was sick for seven weeks long. But now I am well again but I wasn’t on duty yet. And further I let you know that we expect to have pay again till the 15th of this month. We will get 20 dollars this time. The other time we got only 19.50 dollars and fifty cents. And I let you know that we don’t think we will stay long in North Carolina anymore. I wish you would let Esther know that I am well again and let me know how she is getting along. I must come to a close. I want you to answer me this letter as soon as you can.
No more at present time.
Your Dear Son,
John W. Derr
Direct you letter to John W. Derr, Fort Clarke, Hatteras Inlet,
Company “D”, 48th Regt. Pa., North Carolina via Fortress Monroe,
In care of Capt. William W. Potts.
Enjoy and have a happy and healthy 2012!