Francis Reed was a member of the 7th Cavalry, 80th Regiment.

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Dear friend,

I have only time to write to one of you and trust you will pass the news quickly.

We arrived at Harrisburg on last evenings train. We expect to leave for Cincinnati this afternoon,but the boys are coming in so slow I doubt very much that we will get off for two or three days.

We are comfortably quartered now, the boys will all have blankets and tomorrow they will all get a new suit from head to foot. We have plenty to eat and drink coffee twice a day; we have fresh bread every day, fresh beef three times a week, salt pork three times a week, bean soup three or four times a week and salt beef at any time, so we don't suffer for anything. So long for now.

Your faithful friend,

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