Camp at Warrington Junction Va
Saturday March 4th 1864
They are still in same camp and others have gone back to their camps and all is quiet. They will be going on railroad duty today. He has been looking for her letter for a couple days and always worries she’s sick.
“Dear Clara I must tell you of a little scrape I got into for you see I can not keep anything from you. I was Sergeant of the guard the other day & a Prisoner was brought to the guard house & Put under my Charge. & at night an Order through the drum major (he gave it to me him Self) I Released him By that Order & the next morning after I was Relived [sic] from guard I was Placed under arrest & had to stay in my tent a whole day. But yesterday morning the Col sent for me to Come up to his tent & after giveing [sic] me a fatherly kind of a Reprimand. He told me I was Released from arrest. But for the very same offence last winter one Sergt was Reduced. You see I thought the Order came from the Col But it did not & even if it did I had no Buisness [sic] t let him go unless I got it from his own lips. But it is all Right again. I was afraid it might go Pretty hard with me But I guess I have got a good Reputation here & this is what cleared me. They do Reduce Sergts here in this Regt for almost night. So I think I have got off Pretty easy this time. It is the first time since I have been in the Regt that they have found anything against me & that went a good ways in my favor. The Col told me he Reduced a Sergt for the same offence last winter.”
He hopes she got the money, wants to send her more pictures, feels foolish buying them but wants to send her something. Doesn’t want to send her more money until he’s sure she got what he sent. If he thought she was “pinching” herself or the little ones he would send every cent he had. Has to go because is going on picket or Rail Road guard duty for 2 days. Closing. “Much joy to Mr. & Mrs. gulich”.