Parole Camp Near Alexandria VA
August the 15th 1863
They’ve been busy getting mustered and paid off. Got a letter from Bill Dagwell in answer to one he sent Mr. Hart. “He says that you was on the Point of seeing the firm of hart & Dagwell once or twice & that you was very much in need of money he says you told him this I think you done very wrong if you was in want of money to not let me know it while I was carrying it about in my Pocket he seems to feel Big over it to think he has helped a Poor Soldiers wife a little”. He sent her 25 dollars by Express. Talk of exchange but nothing official. “You wrote of seeing Old [Top?] at Carters & she spoke about the Pic Nic I hope she did not tell you anything to make you feel Bad for as sure as I live I hope to Retain your love I acted not in any way to make her say anything of me and tell the truth I acted not out of a married mans place while in her Company if she has said anything mean about me or hinted such a thing I hope you will tell her that she has told a Black lie for as god let me live I did not think of such a thing May be I am going to [sic] far But I thought when I read your letter she had said some thing to hurt your feelings I do not Blame you if you did think something of it For I had no Buisnesess [sic] to go as I did I hope this Rebelion [sic] will soon come to a close for god knows how Bad oh how Bad I wish to see your Dear face again & my little Ida… Somehow or other I feel as if I cant go Back to my Regt Do my Country Justice in another Battle Unless I can see you again” but he thinks he won’t be able to. Closing.