“You need not tell many that I wrote this piece if it appears in print, for they would laugh at you, perhaps”

 

Camp at Warrington Junction VA

[Monday,] February 8, 1864

 

Dear Clara,

 

I am well and hope these few lines will find you all at home enjoying the same good health.  I have been preparing a letter for the Herald which I will mail by this letter, and wish you would give it to father and let him drop it into the Herald Office.

 

The fight on the Rapidan has ceased and everything seems to be quiet again.  I have not learnt the particulars yet, only we have taken a great many prisoners and they are passing by here on the railroad by squads.  It was a reconnaissance by our army and the object was accomplished.

 

Today we are to have a review of our Division at one o’clock and I am in an awful hurry to get this done so I can mail it tonight.  You need not tell many that I wrote this piece if it appears in print, for they would laugh at you, perhaps.

 

Give my love to all.  Take good care of yourself and little ones and may heaven bless you all.  Hoping to hear from you soon.  I remain your affectionate and loving husband.

 

With a good many kisses, goodbye for now until you hear from me again,

Sergt. P.L. Dumont