February 1, 1865. Vol. 1. No. 18. Page 3
Write letters to the soldier-boys,
The weary, absent ones,
Now facing death in every form,
Our country’s noble sons!
Write words of cheer and happiness,
To those who freely brave
The tide o[f] war, without complaint,
The Stars and Stripes to save!
Letters from loving friends at home
Are hailed with glad delight,
If they can hear from those they love
They have more heart to fight;
It is the soldier boy’s request
Too often hear from home;
Then write them words of hope and joy,
And cheer them gladly on.