Camp at Warrington Junction Va

Friday Jan 22nd 1864


Got her letter and was glad to hear from her and get pictures.  “I think the pictures are very nice onley [sic] I would of Liked them Better if they had of been Card de Visites But they are very welcome as it is you see this kind of Picture Spoils Very easy   the Children grows & look well & hearty which I am glad to see  ask [Melora Teed?] who she is making that Shimmer  for perhaps she is making it for some body to look at I supposed she has growed so I would hardly regonize [sic] her now  But I hope she has growed good also I have got a letter from her & I thank her very much for it”.   He is happy to get a letter from anyone at home.  She is wrong, the door hinges are not leather but cloth.  do you think I would have leather hinges that would make it look like a Barn  But you see it looks like a Pig Pen  the Picture looks a great deal better than the House.”  He has been pretty sick with diarrhea:  “The Docter give me Sweet Oil & Laudlum to check it & I have suffered everything almost since for after that I could get nothing to pass my bowels for a great many days  But I am getting better now.” 


No more furloughs, but when they resume it will only be for those “whose friends are Not Expected to live at home.  I should like very much to see you all if I Possibly Could this Winter But I hardley Believe I will have a chance.  I have had it hinted Once to me that fletch was coming home to Recruit But I don’t know whether it is so or not  if it is so he is lucky  I don’t Begrudge him the chance but I would like the chance very well myself.  I rember [sic] the Rats Melora Speaks about very well.  I wonder if Rats Bother her now.  I wouldent be Supprised [sic] if two legged Rats Began to Bother her by this time  wont george be gentleman enough to take you out a Sleigh Rideing [sic].  I wish you had one by the way how is the little sleigh can you use it this winter for willie & the wagon  I shouldent wonder by this time it is about played out”.  He wishes for a furlough but it would be hard to leave again and he would be hunted down as a deserter.”


Lengthy closing that continues across the back page writing in the other direction and ends:


“From your Husband with love Untill Death

Sergt P.L.Dumont

Co A 146 Regt &

Zouave Vols

Girard Tigers

Army of the Potomac”