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Co F 5th Reg’t Vermont Volunteers Camp Griffin
February 7th 1862

Dear Parents

I Received your letter to night and I was very glad to hear from you and to hear that you were well and enjoying good health as leaves me in at the present    Capt. Stowell is a going to make out orders to draw the State pay    just as soon as he makes out the order I will send it to you    it is a getting to be very pleasant weather here now    I received the cake that that you sent me all right    it made me think of home I tell you    I gave all the boys in our tent a peice and they all pronounced it tip top    they said it was as good cake as they ever tasted of    is John Petty dead[?]    I think he died awful sudden    how does mary take it[?]    Poor girl I should think that she would feel very bad    she is a good girl and she ought to have a good Protector    now I pity her from the bottom of my heart    I should like to see gerty to night    Father every time I look at your picture it fairly makes me cry to think what an ungrateful son I have been to you    there is plenty of Rot gut in our Regiment but God knows I will keep my promise to my mother that is I will not tuch a drop    but I must stop for this time     tell gerty buba Forrest thinks of her night and day    kiss her for me    my best love and Respect to you Father & Mother    Kiss all the children for me this from your Affectionate Son
Forrest

Write as soon as you get this
be sure now

-- Next Letter: February 13, 1862

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