May 17, 1864.
My dear Father and Mother: As I am down here from the front again with wounded and we are to stop here for the night I will write a few lines to you.
Few they will be and rather poorly written for I do not have much time to write, hardly time to get sleep enough to keep me in good health.
I have had to be up nearly half Of the night and then get up at half past two in the morning. Then we are on the road all day and such roads you never saw it is all a team can do to draw an empty wagon.
We came down yesterday and were allowed today.
There has been some reinforcements come in to-day and among them the Eighth New York Heavy Artillery As they were passing by me on the road I saw Milo McDonald. The boys have had a pretty hard time of it since I wrote last.
The 17th Was nearly all taken prisoner and lost their colors. Dave Janes was taken prisoner so was Fred Waterman.
I can't write anymore now so please Give my love to all. Tell Laura I am much obliged for her photograph.
I remain as ever your loving Son