Camp Near flat top mountain
                                                                       January the 8 1865

Dear wife once more I will try and anser your last letter I got it a bout 4 days ago
and this is the first opportunity that I halve had to anser it[.] I am well all but a cold
on the Brest But that is agetting Better[.] The wether is verry bad and cold[.]  it
Snows about every other day as usuel[.]  I was on Picket yesterday and came off this
morning it snowed and Blowed about as hard as it well could[.]  I received them
[illegible] and [illegible] it for $1500 to Sargent Wallen to come home on[.]  he and
Walter West has got a furlow and Wallen will pay the same to you[.]  You wanted to
know if my gloves was worn out[.]  I think that they are and a new Pair will come in
Pley first rate[.]  it is Pretty cold with out gloves you can get me a pair of gloves and
send on by Wallen or West and allso a nice corse comb about 5 or 6 inches long[.]  I
expect that they will halve a good time[.]  don't you wish that it was me acomming
home[.]  I do[.]  I wish that the war was over and I was ready to Start home[.]  I
expect that you are a having a good time[.]  you seem to halve a Plenty of good things
to eat[.]  I hope that you will continue on for about one year longer and then it may be
that the war will be over[.]  I must tell you what I was compeld to look at[.]  there
was too men that deserted from our regement over to the rebbels and they was cap
by some of our scouts and staff officers that was out on a Scout[.]  the Scouts was
dressed in reb Suits[.]  these too fellows changed suits with the Scouts and told
them all about how our army laid and all about the army[.] They was Brought in and
court marsheld and Sententenced to be Shot and fryday last they was both Shot[.]  
then men was detaild to Shoot out of the regement and out of our company was
Theadore F. Sheppard[.] They both fell dead[.]  I dont know anny news to tell[.]  I
understand that we are to go on an other raid but I dont Know how true it is but it
dont make much difference whether we go[.]  we are [illegible] cumfortable now[.]  if
we could get enuf to eat we would Verry well[.]  the rashons are mighty Short[.]  if
you Send me a Pair of gloves you may get lether lined with Sheep Skin with wool on[.]

  Ask [illegible] how She is[.]  I don't hear from her much now adays[.]  What did
reubens girl say about me[.]  has she gone home yet[.]  is there anny news down in the
garden of eaden[.]  there is none hear[.]  O there is one of our company in a scrape.   
he is in the brigade gard house[.]  I dont know what they will do with him[.]  I am
aFRAID[.] I wont give the Peticulars now But I will Some time[.]  Bob Bell[.]
  Well I must Stop  So now good Bye from your husband.
   Kiss the children for me[.]  I would like to halve a Chance to Kiss youu and them[.]  
my love to all[.]
Good Bye from Enoch

        Rite Soon[.]  give all the news how is it now.
Letter # 1 From Enoch Brooks to Home
This letter is the property of the library of Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ.  It was
transcribed from the original in the 1960s by the Rutgers University Library and is presented
here as genuinely as possible, leaving intact any spelling, punctuation, and grammar errors.
The only exception being that I have added periods in brackets to assist with reading.
Third New Jersey Cavalry
This letter refers to the execution of Pvts. Charles King and Henry Regly, both of Co L for
treason on Jan. 6, 1865 and the incarceration of Pvt. Robert Bell, Co H who later received a
dishonorable discharge on April 7, 1865.  Other soldiers referred to are Sgt. Charles S.
Wallen, Co H, Pvt. Walter G. West, Co H, and Pvt. (later Corp.) Theodore F. Sheppard, Co H.