Camp near Orange Courthouse
April the 5 1864
I this morning take the present opportunity to drop you a few lines to let you know that I am well and truly hope these few lines may find you all well. Dear wife, I received your letter the other day and was glad to hear from you to hear that you was well. I want you to write and tell me whether Brother Daniel got home safe or not. We had a very deep snow here some time ago, and we have had several little snows since then, and we have a rainy time of it now. We have had a very bad weather ever since I came back from the hospital to the company. I am glad to hear that you was a getting along with your work as well as you are. Whenever you get a chance to have the baby’s funeral preached, you might better have it soon, for a chance of me a getting a furlough now is very dull. I want you to let me know whether you got the plank hauled up from the sawmills yet or not. Brother Noah said that he thought he could work some at the porch for you if he gets home. I want you to let me know whether you heard that he got home safe yet or not.
That box you started to send me, everything that was in it got lost. The regiment that I was in got the box or a part of it, and they eat it up and now denies it that they ever got it. The people are not to be trusted these days for I had a shirt stole out of my knapsack. It was the one that you sent with your Uncle Kenery.
I want Daniel as soon as he can to write to me and tell me how all the folks is getting along. I want you to tell Daniel that he should go and see Brother Ephraim and tell him that I would like for him to do my blacksmithing this summer for me. And tell him to write to me and tell me how he will charge for his work, whether he will charge high or not.
I want you in your next letter to write and tell me whether you will have enough meat to do you or not. I would like to be there at home to get some of your sweet potatoes, and I want you to write and tell me whether you have money or not. I want you to tell me whether you got enough for to do you. Dear wife, I have not much news to write that will interest you much, so I will bring my letter to a close by asking you to write to me as soon as you get this letter, so I will close by asking you to write soon. So, no more, only remain your husband until death.
Andrew Rink to Emeline Rink
Source: Christopher Watford, ed. The Civil War in North Carolina: Soldiers’ and Civilians’ Letters and Diaries, 1861-1865, Volume 1.