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Letter, 1 March 1863, from T. G. B. to Mary [?] describing how his/her family is coping with the events of the Civil War.

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March 1st, 1863. Mary - Having an opportunity to write you a line or two to you I thought I would let you hear how we are getting along in these war times. [Tin?] has been staying a month with us and his wound is so much better he insists upon going back to his company. My family are all well, Lou was engaged to a young man to [two] or three years but about a month ago she quarrelled [with] his father & then discarded him and is now engaged to another, she is, I fear, a chip of the Mother block. Lucy is going to school in town and is quite good looking. Richd is home a great big fellow with whiskers & will go in the army in Sept. if the war lasts. Buck is home & shoots all the time. we have no school now, our neighborhood is broken up they got scared and run to town A great many negroes ran off from