Cyrus F. Mosier
October 27, 1863
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    Camp in the Field near Greenville E Tenn
    118th Inda Infantry
    Oct 27th 1863
Dr J. H. Roe
          Dear Sir -- After my compliments to you, I would add that as I am not certain that I have your address correct I will not attempt to write much. However if you will allow me to weary your patience for a few moments. I will come to a task willingly, so long neglected.   It has often been suggested to me to write to you but it has never before become convenient. If I remember right I wrote to you at one time directing to Helena Ark but the supposition was that you never received it. I suppose you have of course ere this been informed the of the fact that I married your Dau. Miss Drusilla L Roe on the 24th of May last which I believe now entitles me to call you "Father" + I would have written to you ere this had circumstances not prevented. After having served my loved country from the 19th of Apr 1861 until Sept 9th 1862 I could not stay at home while our country was beating up for volunteers so I enlisted in the Army again on the 18th of July for the period of 6 mos and am now serving out that enlistment. I had hoped that we might travel southward from Knoxville Ten. + I might possibly run across you, but was disappointed. I left Drusie at Norman Smiths to stay until my return. I have not heard from her since my return home which was Sept 10th/63.
          My health is extremely good, would like to hear from you if you please + if you will write will ans yours. I am writing in quite an uncomfortable cold tent + shall have to quit.
My Sincere respects to you, hoping soon to at least hear from you
          Your Affectionate Son-in-law
                    Cyrus F. Mosier
                    1st Lieut Comdg Co D. 118th I.I.

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