I have put in a few little shells in the childrens letters to be divided as you think best one or two for each of them
Fort Jefferson May 19th 1862
My Dear Girl
I have written to the Babies directed to Ada with Annah & Lillys inside So this is all to yourself. I have cut off the picture leaves for them as I thought it would please them to have letters alike I continue in good health & spirits. I have forgotten whether I have written you since I recd yours of the 4th inst if not I will now acknowledge the rect and the pleasure it gave me to know that the dear Ones at home were all well. It is very warm here now 100 in the shade Gen Brannan Staff & Brigd Surgeon with Band arrived here last thursday & stoped till Sat morning, it was a great treat for us to hear some music for we are about sick of the everlasting Fife & Drum.