Letter dated March 27th, 1864
March 27, 1864
Camp near Culpeper, Virginia
I now sit down to write a few lines to you in answer to yours that I received last night. I was glad to hear that you was all well. My health is still good. If you want to go out to Edwards and stay this summer you had better go for I know you will enjoy yourself better there
" than you do now. There is not any news to write from here.
General Grant is here in Culpeper and we shall have to soon leave this part and we expect to have some fighting to do as soon as the weather will permit. Sam Sheldon has gone to the hospital; I think he will be discharged. My captain is under arrest for drunkenness and disorderly conduct. He is a real drunken loafer but the
lieutenant is a nice man. I tell you it is enough to make one hate the sight of liquor to see the effects of it here in the army. I don't think I shall cook only till we start on the spring campaign for I had rather do my duty in the ranks than to carry food and have to cook for them after marching all day. I should have to go into battle all the same. I sent you 10 dollars in a letter the other day and I will send you
10 more in this. Do you know how much money I have sent you and how much have you got now? We have got a fortuneteller in our regiment and he says we will come home this summer. I hope so. I don't think you should have to keep me awake for then I think I could keep awake one night perhaps not for the same reason I did once. That is something that doesnt trouble me here.
No more this time. Write soon
Yours alone and truly