Dear Brother: Your kind letter received quite a long time ago and was very glad to hear from you. We are all well. The 2nd Regt is about the healthiest of any division in the army.
We are having very fine weather for this time of the year.
It is warm most of the time. Once in a while we have a rain or snow storm to keep it
muddy. It has been raining and snowing for the last few days.
I have worn only two thickness of woolen cloth on my back, a woolen shirt and blouse. My pants are unlined and we have
cotton drawers so you can see how cold it really is.
We had quite a time when the news came of the capture of Roanoke. Since then we have been cheered by the news of the victories of the west. I am sorry to hear that they did not catch that miserable old
thief and coward Floyd.
To-day we heard of the capture of Savannah and the Army still pressing on for Charleston. They have been
firing salutes at the different forts and the Navy Yard at Washington.
The enemy down the river do not seem to waste so much powder as they did. Since we heard of the battle at Roanoke I have not heard more than two or three guns.
I see by Laura's letters you have been changing your mode of life. I sincerely hope it will be a life of enjoyment and have no doubt but it will be.
I wish you could see my new gun. I believe it will beat yours for shooting.
We were out a spell ago shooting at the mark and my score was as high as any except three or four.
The bore has three creases and is a tight fit for the ball.
The lock is fixed to hold the caps. You should hear how the balls sound flying over you head.
Please answer this and obliged,