Bear Creek Miss. June 14th 1862 My Dear Ida Yours of the 28th + 29th ult. and 2nd ult. came to hand within three days. They found me very busy as I am foreman in the construction of the bridge over Bear Creek, which our forces burned to prevent communication of the rebels with the east. It is 300ft. by-two spans- the abutments 19ft. High above the water- which is from 5 to 16ft.
Near Yorktown Va. April 20th 1862 My Mary. I hardly know where I am this morning. but from the firing last night and every few moments now conclude our Camp is not is still within range of a powerful and well entrenched enemy. Our Co. is for the present attached to Gen. Smiths Division. He is the man that last Sept. said he wanted no S.S. under his command.