Bull Run, July 19 Dear Mother: We are now three miles from Manassas Junction. The Secessionists have a battery here. We had a hard battle here yesterday which lasted three hours.
Near Manassus Junction July 19th 1861 My dear Mollie Your good letter was recd before I left camp Rek, but press of business and our sudden departure prevented my ansring before now, and even how i am sheltered by a blanket from the [ ? ]tting sun in an open field. Sweating like a butcher, writing on my knee, so that I do not expect it will be done quite as well as you would do it