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My name Maria Henderson, I'm 19 and I'm a soldier for the Union. I live in California, it's July 18th 1864. I live with my husband and my young baby girl Renesma.

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Hello My Dear Husband, I have missed you so much, and I heard that the battle of Rio San Gabriel isn't doing very well. I bet you're doing your best and winning, I have courage in you! It's very depressing and hard to understand how Americans can fight Americans. I read this newspaper article about the Rio San Gabriel, it said "Rio Hondo College unveils Veterans Memorial". I always read the articles to Renesma, and we always hope to see some improvement in the battle your facing. Renesma is learning to read, and always looks forward to hearing me read the newspaper. We both love and miss you very dearly, be as safe as you can we'll see you soon. Love, Maria and Renesma

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Well today I was a very busy mother, Renesma got the flue and I had to make some home made medicine. That my mother use to make for us kids. I also made three different kinds of soup ,but I have eight bowls of each out of the garden vegetable, potato, and mushroom soup. After, I made the soup I brought it to the older couple next door. The mushroom soup was for their son he just got back from the a battle in Georgia. He said it's very hard out their and people are dying from a drop of a peddle. I helped the war by making soup from fresh garden objects. I also helped by making extra medicine I can send it to the soldiers. Then, I made an fruit cake for the soldiers and sent that as well.

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I got a letter back from my husband this morning, and Renesma read it all by herself. The letter said, Dear Maria and Renesma I miss you both so much, it's so hard out here and it's hot about 94 degrees. We lost about eight men yesterday including my brother, we will miss him dearly. We started the Battle of Monterey, and they are very experienced. There was many close calls but I made it, the last thing my brother said was tell Renesma and Maria that I love them. He cared about you guys so much, and it's hard but I'll make it. We'll be coming home in 5 months. Make sure to tell Renesma I'm so proud of her and I can't tell I get home for she can read me a story. Hopefully around Christmas I'll be home I'm sorry I can't write very much. Sincerely, Daniel After we heard about the passing of his brother Jacob we all cried and was amazed. Jacob was a tall, strong, muscular man and we all thought he would make it. Renesma started crying and weeping for uncle Jacob, and I have to say that night was very rough for each of us.

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George Lincoln actually won the election for president! Things are coming together, and he's going to make our home be happy and safe. He actually cares about you guys, the soldiers. He wants us to be happy and he's going to be a real president. He's going to make the right choices we're going to have a great future ahead. I am so amazed and excited for our future ,and Renesma was so excited. She was jumping President Lincoln, President Lincoln, he's going to bring daddy come. She knows we're going to have an exciting and unique future ahead. It's the best feeling knowing something is going right, and that we're going to be happy in the end.

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She is so happy for our new president, and we all know whats ahead. A good future, a nice home with my husband. My husband is so proud and also determined to see whats ahead in our future. He even will do anything in his power to help President in war, battle, or any of his needs.

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