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Kehrwecker Family Papers - MS 641
I received your letter a few days ago and was very glad to hear from you. I am well at present. I have quit going to school. It is getting most to warm. It has been very hot for a few days, but it is a lettle cooler today.
We had a great time out to the Baptist one week ago last Sunday to meeting. They were about twenty preachers there. They had the meeting out in the woods. Fred Renz and I were there. We staid in the east part of the woods playing cards. Then Dud Barr came down and he gave us a good snort of brandy and before meeting was over we felt pretty well. I suppose you get nothing to drink down in Miss. When you come back we will make up lost time.
Nearly all the boys are going to Delaware on the 4th. I am going down, too. I think that there is a balloon going up. My woman and I will go down. Allen Foust from Horseshoe goes with Letty Jones & Charles Landon with Mary Brenizer. The report is that Ev Barr & Theodore Blakely are going to get married the 4th. I don't know how true it is. I guess that she will not be missed very much.
We have got a new preacher this year, Brother Moon & James Auldrich assists him, fills the stand when he is not there.
Your folks are all well. Oh, I forgot to tell you that James Foust is married. Write soon. Your friend.
We received you letter which was dated Aug. 11, which found us all well. And I hope when this reaches that it will find you enjoying the same. It stated that you were sick for some time and unable for duty, but very glad to that have got better. We heard of several times that you was getting a discharg, but as it happen you did not get one. But we hope that you will live safe through out this struggle and reach us safe.
I wrote you a letter, but have not received no answer and John wrote you one. We got a letter from him today. He is well and enjoying himself very much. And all the rest is doing the same, but C. Brenizer is at home sick and cannot wait till he gets well enough go with them in camp again. They are now camped at Covington, Ky. They have left Camp Delaware week ago. Last Monday we went down to see them. It was quite a show for us to see. An Misses Renz was here this morning. She said that they was left all alone now that Fred has enlisted. He went to Cincinnati and Wm. Rhodes went with him, but for ten days. It is stated the Rebels trying to take the city and a great many have gone from Cardington to keep it from getting into their hand, but John states that there are 30,000 soldiers there ready for them and expects them to fight soon. The Rebels are only 65 miles from Cincinnati.
And we got a letter from Christena. She is not yet. She has the ague and her little girl, but the rest of them is well and wanted to know why you did not write to them and wanted your address & we sent it to them and may expect one from them.
The weather is very dry and has been for some time, but looks for rain now. Father and Crist is harrowing in some of their wheat and I must quit for it is a getting late. It is almost 5 o'clock and father is a going to town this evening to get his paper and I have another letter to write to John. No more at present. Write soon. Excuse my poor writing, correct mistakes. We send our best respects to you.
Miss Mary A. Kehrwecker
Care of Capt. Reichelderfer
Co.C, 96 Regt. O.V.I.
Hallett Barber has come home. He is at our house this morning. He says that Fred is sick again and thinks he will get his discharge and come home. So you need write to him in a hurry. He seen Fred [Renz?] 3rd of this month. When he seen him he was at Nashville, Tennessee, but has move away from there, but can not tell where. Fred did not know himself where. In some other hospital. So good by, no more at present. Respects to Harmon from all, and to your self.
Mary A. Kehrwecker
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