Letter dated April 27th, 1864
Camp near Culpeper, Virginia
Dear of friends,
I now sit down to rite a few lines to you. I received your letter last night and was glad to hear that you was well. My health is good yet. The weather here is very fine.
The fields are all as green with grass as they are there in May. The peach trees are all in blossom and apple trees too. I have stopped cooking and am drilling. I got a letter from Dus & Nerva the other day. I will send it to you. In my last letter I said I would send the caps picture but I forgot to put it in so I will send it in this with the lieutenants which I got the other day. The cap got out of his scrap with the influence of his friends. He was sworn not to drink anything and he has not drunk any since. No, Ett, I stopped cooking day before yesterday. I got tired of cooking. It is so warm. I went over to the 106th regt Sunday and staid all night. I saw a good many that I knew. Dave Gotham was out on picket. Iben Thags from Edwards and a good many from Herman. I got a letter from Vina the other day. I believe that we will get home within a year from the time we was drafted. We shall know before long. We will hope so any way. Well I cannot think of any more to rite. I have not got the suspenders yet. Now rite as often as you can for it is lonesome here. No more this time.
Yours for ever