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[Note: This fragment has also sustained damage at the edges. Some words are completely missing.]
West Point, New York.
Be not discouraged by disappointments & difficulties but on the contrary let each stimulate you to greater exertions for attaining noble ends & an approving conscience at least will be your reward. Please write to me soon. My health is as good as usual. During my furlough I was made an officer consequently my duties are lighter than usual. You may rest assured of my ....(section of letter missing)
....what I have formerly
friend & brother
- Stonewall Jackson