Camp Convalisent [sic] Alexandria VA

June 28th 1863


ŇDear Brother

I am well at Present & hope these few lines will find you all the same at home  Hearing that you was in Utica I expected to get a letter from you But have not yet got one  I should of wrote one long ago if I had of known where your address was  this is the onley [sic] reason why I have not written to you before  How much I have suffered since I have been a soldier  I hope never to go through with again  I refrain from writeing [sic] home everything in the Hardships we endure for I dont want [p. 2] them to worry of a trouble I have Brought on myself so I donŐt write all to make them feel bad  although I have Received some honers [sic] since I have Been here  I was promoted to a Sergt last winter from the ranks  Even that Office is looked up to here in the army as a big thing  we have nearly as much athority [sic] as a Comissoned [sic] officer and the men are in duty bound to obey us as much  it relieves me from all guard & fatiuge [sic] duty as well as many other things.  I hope this will find you well & enjoying yourself & take my advice never enlist if you donŐt want to be sorry all the days of your life after  I have not one half [p.3] the strength I had when I enlisted although I look Hearty & well & feel so at present   I hope you will answer this as soon as you get it and let me hear from you   give my love to father & mother & all enquiring friends

You affectionate Brother

Sergt Peter L. DumontÓ