Nannie Colwell to James Colwell, December 15, 1861, Carlisle, PA, in David G. Colwell, The Bitter Fruits: The Civil War Comes to a Small Town in Pennsylvania (Carlisle: Cumberland County Historical Society, 1998), 61.
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Carlisle DEC 15 / 61 My Dear Father I can read. This is my first letter. [illegible] [come?] home. The man walked the wire and we saw him. I have a sore toe. The shop windows look like Christmas. Write me soon. Brothers a good boy and almost as pretty as you are. I send a big kiss. From your little daughter Nannie Colwell