Camp at Warrenton Junction
Friday March 11th 1864
Got her letter and glad to hear all are well except Ida and he hopes she is better. She asked if he and Fletch are mad at each other. “I hope not although you may think it Strange because we don’t tent with one other the Reason is this I suppose he is yet very young & likes livelier Company than what I care about.” They ended up separated and never really thought about it, there have never been any hard feelings between them. “My arms you make fun of is a little larger than what they was when I left home & my Sober looks you can imagine what causes that.” Poor little Willie doesn’t even know him but he hopes some day he will have reason to call him something other than a loafer. If Lotty wants a letter she should write one and he’ll answer it. Poor Ida likes candy and he’ll send her 2 dollars in this letter. Charles Duel has enlisted and left behind a woman who would do most anything for him. He did color the picture but how did Mally know it? The fellow spoilt it by putting on varnish.
“I don’t care what Bill Jones says about our Regt although we do go by the name of tigers I believe Gen Garrad give us that name & was Proud of it but he did not give it to us Because he thought were persons appropriate of it after we drawed the Uniform we wanted a name Befitting us so he called us his Garrard Tigers & we feel Proud of the name there is more real men in this Regt than any Other that ever left Oneida County & to tell the truth I think it would be a Poor Comparison to Call such men as Bill Jones their equal.” She should kick him out when he talks like that. If he makes fun of the Regt he makes fun of Peter. Don’t blame the men for not sending money home because some of them owed it all to the government for clothing. George Blakman [?] may be one. Peter only owed 5 dollars while some owed 60 or 70. Thinks there have been big mistakes. “Take good care of yourself & little ones Take Good of Sarah or your bean or perhaps you may loose [sic] her one of these days.” Closing. Signed ending with Garrard Tigers.