Warrington Junction Va
Thursday Feb 25th 1864
Got her letter and one from father and was glad to hear all were well at home as he is. He is gaining in flesh some and will send her a likeness with the whole uniform. Got paid off and he is sending $20 now and more next time. At the end of the month they will be mustered in again for another 2 months pay. “I got a letter from father & it looks quite nice and Natural. In his letters home and to Joey he mentioned that if Joey could do something to help “wile away some of those tedious and Lonesome hours” he would be ever grateful so that may be why she made the change Clara spoke of. His heart bleeds when he reads her letters and there is nothing he can do. When he is tempted to go astray he thinks of her and the children. He has been feeling so homesick he can’t eat or sleep or feel contented. “I suppose that will be a grand affair that weding [sic] I wish I was at home to witness it”. They are only giving out furloughs to people who have friend home who are sick and not expected to live.
He didn’t get the paper she sent but Fletch was showing one around and he missed it because he was out on picket. “Geo Whittens Brother came here to day. You did not tell me what you thought of that Piece in the paper I want to know so to see whether it is Best to write another one some time. I am glad to hear that Ida is so much of a Scholar Bless her little heart how I do want to see her.” Talks of wanting to come home, he thinks a great deal of his country “But how much more I Prize my home & those I love there asembled [sic] I have seen all the glory I want to in fighting I have Risen a step to houner [sic] in the army & now le me live & die in Peace whith thos I love & when I Speak in this way I think I am utering [sic] the sentiments of nearly all that are here.” Closing.
“P.S. I am going to send you the Likenesses of all the Generals that have had Command of the Army of the Potomac since I have been in it. Write as soon as you get this for I will feel anxious.”