“There seems to be a misunderstanding”
Undated and no location, two small sheets of torn paper, probably right after he took turkey box to Tom in hospital February 2, 1863, and just before his first reference to Julia being upset on March 1, 1863]
Julia wrote to Tom that you had a lot of money given to you in that ward and I can hardly credit it or you would of wrote something to me about it I should think. She says you can afford to buy turkeys.
There seems to be a misunderstanding about that box. It was a lucky thing that he got any of it at all. I had given up all hopes of his getting it when the thought struck me that I might get a furlough to go to him. If I had not done so he would not [have] got any. I would rather he would have had the whole box than she should be dissatisfied. When you write again please give me the particulars about it.
From yours truly
Peter. L. Dumont.
Julia thinks I feel big since I am sergeant but you can tell her I have not growed any since I have been in Virginia