[written on paper fragment]
Feb. 18th. Dear Mother I have not been able
to send my letter to camp. I will walk over there
this morning for a short time as a trial trip
& carry it. I inquired about the coffee again last
night. Boil or scald your wheat – then parch it
some say parch it very little, others day very
much. Those who have tried this say the coffee
is not fit to drink without it. Again good
bye give my best love to father, little George & all
Yr. son W. H. Perry Jr.
[Cross written on above fragment.]
It seems we were more successful at
Fort Donnelson than Henry or Roke [?] Island.
Mr. W. H. Tatum Present.
[Written on other side of fragment and then crossed out.]
Leake requests you to send him
a dose of calomel & one of salts, or if there
is no salts some substitute if there is any
in camp. Send also a dose of each for
Moseley. Both seem to be improving.
Please send our mail also, if there is any.
Mr. Mc Pherson’s Your friend
W. H. Perry, Jr.
William H. Perry, Richmond Howitzers
[transcription by Mary Roy Edwards Dawson]