I received a letter from you a few days since which rejoiced me verry much. I had mailed a letter the day before the receipt of yours is the reason why I did not answer it immediately.
I only write now that you may hear from me often for I have no news that would interest any one. I have suffered a good deal with cold; but strange to say my bowels have not troubled me since we parted. Have had fever [and] no appetite for any thing that we can get here to eat. I am verry much reduced in flesh; now dont think that Im half dead for that is not the case.
I am as lively as a cricket and never get in low spirits. The thought that this war will end before many months and I bee permitted to return to the fond embrace of loved ones at home will cheer me through many trials that I may yet have to go through.
Some how I feel confident that we will bee permitted to meet again. What a glorious thoughts. We never would have known each others value and how well we love each other if it had not been for our long parting.
Well sweetest one I am glad you were nearly ready to plant corn. I[t] behooves everyone that can do any thing to use every effort to make a good crop of grain for our country need it worse than it does now.
Ella [Mrs. Thad] Jennings has been sick for a day or two, but is better to day. It would be bad if she were to have a bad spell of sickness. Have no idea what Thad would do. The furlough that John Gilliland gave Thad [still] has not been heard from since it was sent up. They have given up all hopes of getting it as there has been an order that there would be no more granted.
Phil [Phillip Martin] Burt has not got back, are looking for him, [O.L.] Fuller, [Robert] Boyd, [Frank M.] Ross and others. The boys are hot with Phil as he has cut one out of a furlough by not being punctual. I expect he will be court martialed if he gets his dues. There was a little fight above this [place] a few days; but there was not much done, only the repulce of the enemy.
I am glad you let Crisely have your money for I think he is reliable. The boys say if they were at your house they could take in a few more of your potatoes, or any thing else you had good to eat.
The big meeting is still going on, and verry interesting, have some fine sermons from visiting ministers. There has been about fifty that joined the Baptist church, and were immerced [on] one of the coldest days that we have had this winter. Most of the balance joined the Methodist, some few the Presbyterians I believe. I hope and pray the good work will continue until many shall have found the Lord precious to their souls. There is great need of a reformation in this army, especially this Brigade.
You will no doubt bee surprised when you hear of the verry cold weather that we have been haveing. There was three snows since I came back.; it now lies to the depth of several inches. I hope you have had no verry cold weather. since I left our happy little home.
I hope you have plenty of milk and butter by this time as the new groun must be fine pasturage by this time. Write me if you have had any difficulty with the grey about his plowing. Well my love if you cant get your corn in the ground by the first of aprill by breaking up the land, plant first and then break it up between the rows. The earlier it is planted the better in general.
Well dearest I don’t know what I will fill this page with unless I could print some kisses, and since you… If I could do that I would fill this and several others full of doubled and twisted great big long fellows.
Tell Bettie [Campbell] that Charles [C.H.B. Campbell] Recd a letter from her stating that she never saw any one change as I have, but she did not say whether it was for the better. I would like to know. Give my verry best love to all in a double breasted double twisted shape; and receive for your own self to the fullest extent of your imagination.
Frank [M. Ross) and Charles [C.H.B. Campbell] are in fine health. My love all ways to Mr Carson.
Ever your husband Newton