Camp Convalisent [sic] VA
Sunday August 2nd 1863 [says 1862]
Not feeling well “the weather is so hot the water runs in streams down my Body I suppose this is the cause of my feeling so.” “I got a letter from george yesterday that has been wrote some time.” They have not been exchanged yet although they say it will be a few days “but I think it all Origanates [sic] from the thought that it is about the time for a Regular Exchange” Has not been paid. “I Have written to Mr Hart a letter of thanks But Did not tell him of his Promise”. In 20 days he will have been in the service for a year. “I wonder if I will have to stay 3 years it seems hard & yet I should not feel Exactly right to Come Home to Stay with this war unsettled”. “The girls write to me it will be a day of great Rejoising to see their Dear Brother home once more if they think so much of me I wish they would show my Dear loved wife some of that love I would like it far better.”
“… we are now in a Camp where we are kept under a Close guard & there is not a Shade tree to keep us from the Burning sun & our tents draws the Sun so it is Hot as an Oven inside almost oh my it is awful Hot to day I hope you don’t Suffer from such hot weather in Utica the soldiers have turned out 2 or 3 times in large Bodies to Claim their Rights as soldiers but so far they have been unsuccessful I am afraid they will do something awful before they get through with it they are Deprived of all liberties & their Rations have been Reduced one half Such Procedeings [sic] will make good men Desperate & Claim their Rights by main force if they can not be obtained any other way”. “I might just as well Been at home these two months as not if I had of Recevied that Recommend in time but it is to [sic] late now.” Closing.