Jonas H. Roe
January 11, 1862

    January 11th
    Lincoln Barracks
Dear Celina. I again embrace an opportunity to converse with you upon paper the only method that I have of conveying my thoughts to you. You perceive that we have mooved from Camp Butler to Lincoln Barracks about two miles we have good wooden houses here for us to live in there is a good deal of sickness and some deaths six hundred sharp shooters left here yesterday for Quincy Ill We do not know whare we will be sent yet. Congress has confired upon Joseph H Ramey of Cansess the tittle of Major General and he is to take charge of all the troops west of the Mississippi River there is some talk now of this regiment being attached to that army. The young men or those having no families are generally in favor of being attached to his Brigade but the married men generally oppose it as it will throw them farther from their families and consequently will have poor opportunities of hearing from them or sending to them their earnings. We have not yet received our pay but are daily looking for it When I get my pay I will send it home if I can get often if not ???? but I do not need much here I will keep five or six dollars only. The balance I will send home. When I get my pay if soon I will pay for a weekly paper and send it home so you may be posted up in the war and also our whereabouts which I know will be interesting to you I have full access to the papers but there is not much fighting of late I wrote to Henry 3 or 4 weeks ago and I received his answer which I send to you it brought sad and unexpected intelligence the decease of my dear Susannah it seems to me that my earthly lot has been truly hard my feelings I can not describe but you know them well. The Lord gave and the Lord taketh away blessed be the name of the Lord. You had best not tell the children of Susannahs death if so do not tell the Cause. I will send Henrys letter to you.
If you get any Letters please send them to me Henry says Isaac Enlisted in the 27 Ind Cal Regiment and simeon in the 44. You stated in your letter that Isaac is in the 29th please examine his letter and let me know the No.of his regiment I wish to write to him write to me every week
     Direct yours to

Dr J. H. Roe
in care of Capt Schell
Lincoln Barracks
via Springfield
5th Cav Regiment of
Ill volunteers
     Your affectionate husband until death.          J.H. Roe
Celina Roe

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