As promised the Richard B. Pittman letter transcription-----
December the 18 1861
Dear wife I seat myself to inform you that I am well as can be and am agrate deal better of then I was when I left home and hoping these few lines may find you and the children all enjoying the the same good blessing. The rest of your brothers are all well with the eception of brother James. He has been very sick but he is amending. Maryann the officers don nothing with me. They did not cort marshel me. Maryann you had beter go or send and git your sheep back home and you had better take all of them and bring them home. Maryann I want you to git William or Mr.Lott to hire you a Negro woman or a boy that can plough if they can be got at afare price. Only if they cant plough I don’t want them. And you kneed knot feel uneasy about us going North fore we will not be there before spring if we go then.
December the 20, 1861
Dear wife a word or two more. I wish to tell you I want you to git cloth enough to make me a cot and a par of pans and a wesqiut of black geans if you can git hit. Anyhow take enough of that money to git hit if you need hit only. That golde dollar I want you to give hit to the baby and save hit till I come back. Do what you pleas with the rest of. Mak them as soon as you can. As soon as you make them send them to me by the first carriage. You need not put no cotton in my coat. I want you to mak ilet hols in hit so I can so I can put them on with a string. I want you to make nine button hols in hit. I beleve that is all I want you to do. James Lott ses tell his foks that he started to write to them but he sed that the letter did not suit him and he would not send hit. Maryan I don’t know when to tell you that I can come but I do not expect to leave hear. So I must come to a close my helth is in proven fast. You will write soon so I must bide you goode by so nothing more.
R. B. Pittman to Mrs. Mary E. Pittman