Racoon Foard Nov. 12th
Dear Mother & Friends,
I thought I would try again to write you a few lines. I cannot say I am in very good health. I think the poison which is in my system is the cause of it. I have bad sores on my neck & two flesh eating sores on one of my feet I am not as fleshy as I have been in the summer & have cold chills evry other night. but my apetite is good & my spirits fine. and I guess that we shall lay still for a few week at Stephensburg & I shall try & recruit up some. I forgot to tell you in my last letter to use as much of my money as you wish for that!! or any other purpose. I have been trading horses & have got a dark brown horse. He is a running horse. My white horse the Adj took to carry a dispach when one of our reserv picket posts were attacked & he foundered him but I got a good trade for him. It will be most six weeks before we will receive any more pay & I wish a few dollars so I can buy a few things of the suttlers. they have just come to the army & have not been with it cince our fight at brand Station. 4 or 5 dollars will be enough. I can not keep much money with me for there is danger of looseing it or having it stole. I wish you would send me a couple of envelopes as I am out. the weather here is fine & by keeping good fire we manage to get through the nights. I do not feel much like writing now so will say good by. write as soon as you get this & oblig you aff son
Spencer F. McOmber
This is a short letter in mid-November. He tells his mother to use the money he sent her for whatever she wants. He’s keeping a few dollars to use to buy things from the sutler, a civilian peddler who sold a variety of merchandise to the soldiers.