[August] 6th, 1861
I take this opportunity to let you no that I am well at present, & hope this will find you all the same. We left Washington City last Week & we have Encampt. at Camp Clover that is Ten Miles from Washington that is five miles from the Battlefield. We have fine times–Last night som of the Boyes went out to hunt Som of the Enemy but they did not find one man. We will leave here in a few dayes – & I will not Write for Three or Four Weeks. I have good Times, Sleap & Eat. I am going to Georgetown this afternoon on my black horse — I expect to have a fine time of it no more at Present.
Tell George to write to me Soon or I will give him Hell when I get home.
(Two page letter with a picture of a cannon and USA flag on the front. The following poem is next to the cannon picture: “And conquer we must, when our cause is just, And this be our motto–”In God is our trust. And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave, O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.)