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Frantz - McCauley family papers, Letter 1862 April 11 and 13

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[written upside down on top of page] I forgot to tell you that our mess are all well with the exception of those poor fellows who were wounded. I am in very good health with exception of a cold, a very common thing in the Army M P F [vertically on left side] Direct to New Market Shenandoah Co &c

4 made to go in the same service that they are now in. They are willing to reinlist almost to a man, if they are allowed to go in any branch of service they choose. Well, Ma, I have been carrying my yeast in my pocket for a long time and haven't tried my hand at the light rolls yet. The cold weather has prevented me; I intend to try it some pretty day before long. Sam Smith tried his luck at it the other day & it didn't rise at all. How does wheat Cook? I declare there is some of the prettiest wheat fields here in the Valley I ever saw. It would be a great pity to give these beautiful wheat fields up to the Yankees. Well, Ma, I must close - Give my respects to my relations and all enquiring friends if any there be. Tell Jude there is a piece in the Richmond Dispatch signed "Miles", that I wish her to cut out and send to me. I reckon Emory is staying with Sarah now. I hope Thornt won't enlist. I haven't reenlisted yet & don't know that I shall without they allow me to go in cavalry or Artillery. Give my warmest love to Pap & Family & accept a due portion for yourself. Write soon & give me all the news. Tell Jude & Emory to write oftener. Yours affectionately M. P. Frantz