There was no postage stamp on the original correspondence, but the postmark was still partially visible. The old envelope appeared to have originated from the Virginian town of Norfolk. The recipient, Orrin W. Shephard, lived in the very same area it had been sent back to. It was, in fact, addressed to the sender’s parents.
“My Dear Parents,” the note inside the envelope began. “I received your ever-welcome letter last Sunday and I just returned from guard [duty]. I was just in the right mood to write so I will try it. We left Union Mills the next day after I sent you the letter.” Already a picture begins to build of the missive’s author.