Head Quarters Louisville KY Sept 11th 1862 Dear Hattie. No doubt you wonder at my long silence but it has been unavoidable. I have just returned from an expedition after Col Morgan the Celebrated [ ? ] Ranger but could not get up with him. Whilst stopping at [ ? ] to rest the men and horses I wrote a few lines to you but dont think you will get it until after this one cause to hand for Morgan burnt the Rail Road Bridge and cut off all communication with Louisville.
Camp of Mich. 2, Five Miles from West Point Va., May 12 1862. Dear Mother & Sisters: I take this opportunity to send you a few lines. You must give my letters to the girls & tell them that each must consider it to herself as I have very little time now for writing & generally when I do have time I am tired out with the days march & do not feel like writing. Tell them they can each answer my letters as though they were directed to them
West Point, Va. 20 miles from Richmond Saturday, May 10th/1862 Dear Sister Not having finished my 8th letter on account of orders that we much march right off. We left Camp Winfield Scott, and went to Yorktown (the city that was evacuated by one hundred thousand Rebels, including President Davis, Gen. Lee, Gen. Johnston, and other prominent men). The day before, they left in great haste, leaving over 300 of their dead unburied and 1,000 of their wounded without any food or medicine.
Camp near Yorktown Apr 8th 1862 My Own Mary. Sunday came and went this time and you will never receive your [ ? ] missing. I have a reasonable excuse, as you shall hear. Last Friday morning at break of day we were on the march for what we then supposed and what has since proved true “The Battle Field of Yorktown.”
Camp near Yorktown Mar. 15th/62 My Own Mary. Still we are waiting. for what I can only guess. It may be to let those who are to die live a few days longer. for the week past we have done very little. Troops and Artillery have been coming up until now we have 110,000 fighting men and near 800 peices of cannon. A day or two ago six of our men (Co. “C”) were on picket about eight or nine hundred yards from the Rebel guns. “Old California” as we call him. (his name is Truman Head and he says he is over fifty years old we think he is near score more than that. he came from Cal. to join Col. Bakers Reg. but for some reason did not do so and as good luck would have it came into our Co.) has a Sharps Rifles which he bought just before leaving Wash.
Columbia South Carolina Jan 4th 1862 Dearist wife i have another opportunity to sende you a few more lines hopping that it will find my little family all Well i am well only a bad cold murray is well i received a letter from father the Other day and i sent wone back and i wrote a few lines in it to you but i do not no whether you will get this or not i hope we may git home before this gits there but i cant tell
Camp of Instruction Berdans U.S.S.S. Washington D.C. Dec. 25th 1861 My own Dear Mary; Christmas eve 1861, I try to pierce through a thousand miles of distance to see what my Mary is doing, and how she enjoys herself. but I can only guess and guess she is writing to me.