Camp at Warrenton Junction Va

Friday April the 29th 1864


[last letter]


Dear Clara

I Received your welcome Letter last evening & it found me all well as I hope this may find you.  I Could not answer yours as soon as I got if for this morning I went on Picket & I am just Releived [sic] from there at 9 O clock to night.  So I could not go to Bed without writeing [sic] you for we are Ordered to move at 8 O clock tomorrow morning.  I donŐt know as it will do any good to write it for they say the mail has been Stoped [sic] but I hope not  Burnside is marching on to the front with about 40 thousand men & amongst them is they Say about 10 thousand negro troops [p.2]  which he is leaving along the Road to guard it & they are here Releiving [sic] the 5th Corps the head of his Collum [sic] Reached here about 4 O clock this afternoon & they are Encamped all around us to-night.  I have not seen any of the Black Sogers [sic] yet so I Cannot give you a discription [sic] of them  they did Reach here this afternoon.  the [sic] Men of Burnside Corps looked hard & Pretty much worn out.  they [sic] were Covered with dust & they Say they have marched from Anapolis Maraland [sic] without Rest & not much to eat I Recon for they were Begging hard tack of us.  the [sic] Men that was Examined for the Navy was expected to leave the Regt this morning but for Some Reason which I Cannot account for they did not go.  I was in hopes that I might go but I am afraid [p.3]  I Cant for is Seems my Papers did not Come.  Dear Clara I am afraid before you hear from me again there will be a hard battle fought with the   [sic- missing Army] of the Potomac but wherever I may be placed I shall try to do my duty as well as I can.  I hope the lord will Spare us to meet again on earth.  I have not much more news to write So I will Close hopeing [sic] to hear from you Soon again  take good care of yourself & our little ones give my love to all of my Folks & may heaven Protect us all evermore

God be ever with us

From your Affectionate husband

With love

Sergt P.L. Dumont