1861 July 31 Fairfax Station [Virginia]

My darling Jennie

Yesterday we detailed from our Brigade
40 men to repair the bridges between this
station & the Junction and I hope it will
not be many days before the trains will
be running to this point–when this occurs
I am going to ask you to take both children
& pay me a visit of 3 or 4 days & sleep in
the tent with me-Tom can sleep up stairs.
I think you can do so without inconvenience
if you will bring something along to eat and
2 blankets 2 sheets and 3 or 4 plates with
you & a small chicken [?] would be a convenience.
This will be my only chance to see you
soon for Genl Elzey is immovable & stubborn

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I have not time to write you a letter and
indeed have nothing to say we are lying
still doing nothing but the regular routines of
camp duty–to me a very tiresome business–
It is true that I have lost the negro he was
stolen from the Camp on Sunday night after
the fight & I have not heard from him since
I am sorry for it but cant help it now–I
can charge it to nothing but the negligence of our
sentinels–my health is a little better & I hope
to be well in a few days. I have recd but
two or three letters from you in the last ten
days. write to me a little oftener if you please
or probably you do write & I dont receive
them–I feel very sorry for you & do hope
this war will soon end & that I may be
spared to have many happy days with you.

affectionately
E.T.H. Warren

Fourth Regiment Virginia Volunteers and later Colonel of the 10th Virginia Infantry.
MSS 7786-g

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