May 26th, 1862


Do not change the direction on my letters in any way


Camp near Gains’ Mills Va. May 26/62


My Dear Sister (Send this to Mag)


            I recd your and mother’s letters / of 19th inst. yesterday. I was very glad to / get them and glad to hear of the news. /  I was rather surprised to hear of Miss / Donelly’s marriage, and wish her / much happiness. I would have / been very glad to hear see Mr & Mrs / Douthell. I am glad to hear that / you got sight of that flag. Capt M. / and Lt. Maclay have been sick / but are getting better. Capt M. / Did not have any better luck catching / fish than we have had catching / rebels. The 4th Michigan regt. (of our Brigade / had quite a skirmish day before yesterday, they were / out on a reconoisance, and crossed the “chickahom /  -ony” wading  in water up to their waists and, drove a / whole Brigade of Rebels back about a mile. / and then made a successful retreat recross / -ing the river. In the fight the 4th killed / wounded & took prisoners about 150 of the rebels / & their loss was two killed and 7 or 8 wounded. /


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If that is not doing well I dont know.


            Give my love to all those who have wished / to be remembered to me. I like to hear of them / And to hear that  I am not forgotten by / my old friends. I have’nt had time to / write to Kate Drury yet.  I have charge of / the company most of the time now. /


I have recd a slight promotion. I have / been appointed acting Aid De-camp to Col / McQuade now commanding our Brigade. / Our Brigadier Genl. is now in command / of the Division now. This arrangement / may be temporary and may be permanent. / If Genl. Morell resumes command of the Brigade again and Col. McQuade his reg. I / will be ordered to the company again. / I am still with the company and can not / leave until Capt. M. & Lt. / M. get better & able to take command of the company.  I am / sorry to leave the company, but I like to / have my friends think I am doing as well as / I can & that my commanders have / some confidence in me. As a token of / this I am pleased with and accept my / appointment.  My friends who have / got it for me are Col. Black & Capt. Monks / Good bye  love to all