Camp at Warrenton Va
Friday March 25 1864
Is afraid Ida will get very sick before she gets better, he just has a feeling. He doesn’t know when his navy papers will come, he expects them every day. He feels bad the sleigh and wagon have been used so bad but he doesn’t blame her if George has it “you might as well make him a Present of it first as last for he will never ofer [sic] it back to you again Untill it is good for nothing. You see I know him of Old. But I am not telling you of it to find fault for I can easily imagine how you feel whenever they ask you for any such things.”
Glad to hear that Tom is home and will be happy , he knows he would be. Tom may tell quite some stories but if he tells the truth he can’t say anything to hurt him. Wants to know if Ida recognized Tom. “I heard about Dimblebys loosing their child some time before I got your letter. I suppose they must feel pretty bad about it. Wantsto know if she got the money and pictures of the Generals.
The sick were moved away and he thinks they are under marching order but the weather will not allow it. “They say Gen Grant is down here to Put the Armey [sic] of the Potomac in motion & will Review it in a few days.” Closing.
“From your affectionate Husband
Sergt P.L. Dumont
Co A 146
This lace for Ida and my love to all”