The war is almost two now. My Thomas is still leading his troops in and out of battles. I miss him dearly. He came home for a few days at Christmas. Having him here with me again if for a few days was the greatest Christmas gift. My love has changed so much since the start of the war. He is not the same man who left here almost two years ago. I guess war will change a man. At least he is still alive, so many of the boys from here in Louisville as well as Bardstown are not so lucky. I hope this war ends soon but if it does not and my Thomas must stay away for a while still at least he left me with the greatest gift possible, I am in the family way. I hope it is a boy, a little Thomas.