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Instead of a photo, this week we have letters, supplied by Ben Gardner, from a Civil War soldier to his wife. Do you know anything about this man? If so, send us your response giving some insight to J E Brashear and we’ll publish it in next week’s paper. Send to heather@salyersvilleindependent.com or drop it by our office. Thanks - Salyersville Independent Staff.
Camp Kalbs
Nov the 18, 1863

Dear Companion,

I have the opportunity to droping you a few lines to let you know that I am well as could be expected of.  I received your letter of the fifteenth which gave me great pleasure to hear that you was well try and do the best you can I have the hope that I will get to come home fore long.  I want you to try to get Gills Boots ? up home again if I come he said I might have them.  So no more but remain your affectionate husband
J E Brashear
Camp Powers
Nov about the 12th 1863

Dear Companion,
I have the opertunity of droping you a few lines to let you know I am in tolerable good health at present.  But I have been complaining for several days.  I feel smartly better I received three letters from you which gave me great satisfaction to hear that you and Jo was said to have had a very good health til here of late.  We have gained good victory at Jonesborough, TN Nov 6th our men captured nine hundred and killed one hundred, captured fourteen hundred head of horses and four pieces of artilary and all of their bageage
All so we gained a right smart victory over the home gards of the Crain nest we kild eight we know of and wounded seven captured fourteen guns and our boys on man killed by the name of Noble and we are expecting another fight shortly the report is that Fords company is in about ten miles of us.  I don’t know but I think we will come to Kentucky in the course of two weeks if not sooner if you need money let me know when you write if you get the chance to send me another letter get somebody else to write for you
So no more to write you    Your affectionate husband until death                      J E B
    J.E. Brashear