Letter dated March 22nd, 1864
March 22, 1864
Near Culpeper, Virginia
Dearest on earth
I now sit down to improve these few minutes I have to spare in writing to you. I am well as ever, hoping this will find you the same. We was paid off again Sunday and they think we won't lay here much longer. U.S. Grant has command of the whole army now and his headquarters are in the field with the Army of the Potomac. He is expected here tomorrow to Culpeper, only one mile from us This looks as though they was going to do something with this army this spring. The weather is very cold and windy and has been for 3 or 4 days.
I hope that if it is agoing to be rainy it will begin soon before we start on the spring campaign. I have just put some apples on to stew for supper. I used the last of the currants you sent me in the last lot that I cooked. We had a boiled dinner today, we had potatoes, corned beef and turnips. We have such kind of dinners often or a stew that is made of heart, potatoes, onions or turnips. They are first rate. We have good bread and butter, sugar & milch & tea for supper with cold boiled tongue. There I will send you 10 dollars in this and 10 or 15 in the next so dont spend much. No more this time.