July 29th 1864
I this morning seat myself for the purpose of sending you a few lines in answer to your kind letter I received yesterday, the 28th, written on the 23rd. I also received one on the 27th written the 22nd, and dear wife, they are a great satisfaction to hear from home and to hear all well. Our mail has not stopped. I am getting your letters. They don’t come quick but they do come and it is a great satisfaction to me. I believe that I have received everything you sent me. You say you sent 4 letters in this month. One had 1 dollar in, the two had 55 cents, the 3rd had raisins in that the children sent me. I have received one more letter than that with money in but I have forgotten the amount.
Dear wife and children, I don’t know that I have anything strange to write today. Things here is all quiet. They have been fighting all day yesterday at Malvern Hill 7 miles from us and there came in a dispatch this morning that they had whipped the rebs and taken 4 thousand prisoners but I don’t know whether it is so or not but the firing is stopped.
But now for something else. There is still rumors here about starting home. Our doctor was at Washington and came home yesterday and he said we was to march today for Martinsburg. He said the rebs had made another raid in there and had taken Martinsburg but today I hear nothing about it and I don’t believe one word of it. I do still believe that we will be home by the 19th of August and that won’t be long now. And if they hold us till the 19th, it ain’t long. But still it appears long to me for I want to get home.
I think I will stop for this time. As you see, there is no rules on this side and I can’t keep straight and as I wrote to you yesterday, you may think I am writing too often. But send me a letter every day and they will be joyfully received by me.
My health is still improving slowly. I still feel weak but I hain’t lay up one day since I left home. I had a pain in my head for several days and I suffered three days with pains in my bowels and that is all the pain I have suffered. I have no pain now but just weak and I have a good appetite to eat more than is hear to eat.
Dear wife and children, I add no more but remain your best friend. My love to you all. Write soon and often. — Henry Barcus
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