In Camp May 3rd 1864
Yours of the 29th only reached me last night. I think you wrote on the 30th, the
anniversary of marriage, and that I will get it tonight, but not in time to reply by return
I am truly rejoiced to hear that you are all up once more. I devoutly pray that you
may continue so. I have nothing to write, more than what I said in my letter of yesterday.
If I were to write everyday and a quire at a time, I would fail to tell you how much I love
Col. Beard was very unpleasantly situated in the Army of Tenn. Genl. Bragg had
placed his junior over him and Genl. Johnston mere continued him in position because he
did not know of what else to do with him. He is a true patriot & a man of excellent
qualities in many respects, with some foibles. Under these circumstances, I wrote him &
told him if he would apply for & obtain a transfer to my command it would be agreeable
to me. He has applied & writes to me that it will be granted, so I look for him soon. I
have never applied to be sent away from Florida. I am surprised that you would believe
such a story. You know my doctrine is not to apply for anything.
Many kisses for the boys Willie, The, & Pat and also for Bessie. I am glad to hear
that they are well & hope they will not be sick again. Love to Mollie & her sweet girls.
Also to Aunt. Remembrances to the servants.
A bushel of kisses & worlds of love for yourself from
Transcribed by Christopher A. Baker, University of Florida, 2008.