Jeneral Prestons Division an Breckenridge Brigade under Jeneral Johnson. 
Well, Mike, you must excuse bad every thing. I had to work this letter in a hurry to go on review. Mike, you must give my love to all the Girls an tell them I am fat an sassy. Mike, you must write as soon as you get this an tell me all the news. I will be glad to hear from you at any time. Your letters will be received with pleasure. So I must close. Give my love to the Family an receive the same for your self. I remain as ever your Friend until Death.
Francis R. Nicks
Direct your letter to
F. R. Nicks
Third Regt Fla
Mike, I have no postage stamps nor no change so you must excuse me. Cant get any.
 The Third Florida was part of General William Preston’s brigade under General John C. Breckinridge’s division.
Additional: Francis Rinaldo Nicks served in Company C, Third Florida Infantry Regiment. He was born around 1837 in Leon County, moving with his family to Hernando County in 1855.