Pt. Lookout, Md
March 8th 1864
Mrs. Dan Carpenter
Your very kind and interesting letter of the 1st inst came to hand to day. I was truly glad to hear from you and to hear that you were all well. But sorry to hear that you had never received my letters. I wrote two letters to Cousin Dan and one to Lou last Nove and never received any answers to them till Mr. Dooley recd a note of inquiry from you. I then wrote you again but have not received any answer to it yet. I should have wrote again before now but I neglected it. I have got three letters from home since I have been here. Things were all well the last account. H.C. Osborne is here and well. He has got two letters from Mollie lately one dated 20 of Feb and your relations were all well. Henry O and me are both out of money and kneed a little very badly.
Could you send us a check on Baltimore or New York for a small amount $5 or $10 a piece will be enough. We also kneed a suit of clothes a piece. I don’t care how coarse the clothes are so they are warm. We need shirts and pants worst. I think the money will be apt to come safe most of the prisoners get their letters & money. H.C. Osborne sends his kindest regards to you. Direct to me at the above camp, Co. B, 8th Division. Henry O is in Co. D, 8th Div. My kindest regards for all the relations. I will write soon again.
Source: Christopher Watford, ed. The Civil War in North Carolina: Soldiers’ and Civilians’ Letters and Diaries, 1861-1865, Volume 2. (Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company, Inc., 2003). Original in Mary Gash Papers, North Carolina State Archives.