Camp Scott Mo
January 11th: 1862
Dear father
I tak my penn in hand to let you no that i am well at present and i hop thoes fiew lines may find you all the Saim I have not Got any letter from you this week bot i thought that i wold rite to you any way and let you no how i am Gitting a long i feel well as i did bee fore i had the measels only i Got a Cought Still i am Giting fat a Gain as ever I have easy times i dont have any thing to doo only to Drom a little evry Day I have Got the easest plais in the Company well father i think we will bee home a Gain the last may ore the first of Juen the big fleet has left Saint louis to Day fore down the river we expected to Go in it but we wont Git to Go we will have to Stay in this State i got not any thing to Doo bot to eat and Drink and not See any thing to Doo we air tired of Staying in Mo I wold Sooner bee Going from plais to plais and then we Cold See Some thing we wont to finish the thing up and Git doon there is no doubet bot the thing will bee finished up in to months more now the fiting is Going to bee doon in the next thre weeks the Rebels has Got to fight Shit or Give up the Gunn Jeneral lain is Going to Go in the field with his men and live on the rebels on what he takes from them that is the only way that this woar will bee ended then let them Suffer if they will act the foll all the time let them lurn Some time I dont think that the ninth rejiment will ever bee in a batoll in this war well i have riten all i Can think of fore this time I Got a letter from unchel bens harrison elen to Day She Got my likness to I must rite to her to morrow to and let her no how i am Gitting along well i must Close fore this time you must rite as often as you Can we aint Got out pay fore the to last months we have been looking fore it fore Some time
Well Good by fore this time
B F Harrison
to W H Harrison and mother
and the rest of you
Good by fore this
time right Soon

—transcribed by Majorie Nemitz

Camp Scott, Mo
January 11, 1862
Dear Father,
I take my pen in hand to let you know that I am well at present and I hope these few lines may find you all the same. I have not gotten any letter from you this week, but I thought that I would write to you anyway and let you no how I am getting along'
I feel as well as I did before I had the measles, only I've I've still got a cough. I am getting fat as ever again. I have easy times. I don't have anything to do, only to drum a little every day. I have got the easiest place in the company.
Well, Father, I think we will be home again the last of May or the first of June. The big fleet has left Saint Louis today for down the river. We expected to go in it, but we won't get to go. We will have to stay in this state. I've got nothing to do but to eat and drink and not see anything to do. We airre tired of staying in Mo. I would sooner be going from place to place, and then we could see something. We won't to finish the thing up and get done. There is no doubt but the thing will be finished up in two months more.
Now the fighting is going to be done in the next three weeks. The Rebels have to fight shit or give up the gun. General Lain is going to go in the field with his men and live on the Rebels—on what he takes from them. That is the only way that this war will be ended. Then let them suffer. If they will act the fool all the time, let them learn. Sometime I don't think that the Ninth Regiment will ever be in a battle in this war.
Well, I have writen all I can think of for this time. I got a letter from Uncle Ben Harrison's Ellen today. She got my likeness, too. I must write to her tomorrow, too, and let her know how I am getting along. Well, I must close for this time. You must write as often as you can w. We ain't got our pay for the two last months. We have been looking for it for some time.
Well, good-bye for this time
B. F. Harrison
to W. H. Harrison and Mother
and the rest of you.
Good-bye for this time.
Write soon.

—edited by Richard Harrison