April 19, 1861 Buttermilk Falls Dear Father I received your letter Thursday night and was very glad to get it. You say Pat Picket's wife is dead, it will be hard on him poor fellow, so Mr Chadayne is got well. I am glad of that so you bake more now than you did. Pick does all right he is a good horse. These shoes of mine was not worth having. they are pretty near wore out already the soles are all coming off and they are no stiffer than a piece of paper. They are raising a company to go and fight here and they would like to get Regan to be a captain of it, but I do not know how that will be yet Sarah said that Mary dreamed that I did not have enough to eat that is not so we have all we will eat here. My love to all of the family and to Grandmother. Your affectionate Son, William H. Emslie PS a mob got together in Fishkill last week and was agoing to hang Regan for sympathizing with the South, but there was not enough of them or they would.