Wed. May 7,1862.
Dear parents: I improve these few moments to let you know how and where I am.
We started from Yorktown Sunday afternoon and passed through their works and camped one mile on this side. Sunday night it started to rain and continued until Monday night.
We had orders to march, forced march, ahead to the field where the Excelcior Brigade
was engaging the enemy in front of Williamsburg. They had been engaged all day and seemed to be able to hold the
rebels and that was about all until just before we arrived,
The rebels seemed to be driving them back pretty fast until our brigade came up. Then we were able to drive them back and
kept them there until dark. Then the firing stopped.
I went back out of the engagement and soon our boys dropped back and stopped for the night.
Our Regt. suffered some but I can't tell how much, Our Co. had two killed and one wounded.
I think the enemy lost more men than we did. I just came off the field and they have most of our men buried but I found plenty of the
rebels that had bean killed.
have just been to town and the buildings are full of wounded, mostly rebel. A few of our boys were taken prisoner.
The enemy must have left in a hurry.
I have but little time to write so i will stop for this time
but will do better when I write again.
I received Laura's and mothers last letters
Write soon and my love to all.
Your affectionate Son
P.S. I took this envelope off one of their dead soldiers.