I have in my possession a letter, written during the Civil War and yellowed with age. It was written January 5, 1863, in very fine handwriting, by my grandfather at Lexington, Kentucky, and addressed to my grandmother at Louden City, Illinois. I would love to share every bit of it with you, but as it is such a long letter I will send the last paragraph. Here it is.
Write soon in answer to this for I have not received my pay yet and I have been informed that they will only pay us 1 1/2 months pay this time. That will only be nineteen dollars and 50 cents, leaving twenty-six dollars unpaid. Pray for me that I may be brought safely through my trouble and meet you in heaven. Give my love to all my friends.
Farewell for the present.
Joseph Beck to Lydia and Family