Camp Taylorsville, Va
April 20th 1864
Miss Rosa Dear Friend
While I am alone and have nothing to do but think of you I will endeavor to converse with you by the way of the pen as I am deprived of conversing with you personally. But I hope that will not be the case all ways. We have been very unfortunate of late we both have met up with disappointments allthough we are not by our selves. Disappointments are very common espechely thes days. I am in hopes that the time is close at hand when all things may yet be well with us. Then and not till then can I sit with you and we can converse with each other and enjoy our selves together as I only wish. I think I know who loves me and I am certain I know who I love. So I shall not be discourage by eny means as long as you keep as high spirits, gay and happy. Cousin Rosa I wish we could have had a good chance of talking this subject over to each others satisfaction. I wanted to see you last but the wether was so disagreeable and cold. There seasons chance with out being satisfied and to tell you the truth. Cousin Rosa I would have to be in your secret company some time before I could unvale my sentiments to you as I only wish to do. You are the only Lucile I have met up with yet but what I could explain my sentiments fully with out losing the least regard ever when I begin to talk to you on a certain subject my mind all most becomes demorilism. This is so but truly it is so. I can not tell now cousin if I have said eney thing as two much on this subject. I hope you will be generous enough to pardon me. This morning is indeed bright and beautiful and the little birds are sweetly singing while I am sitting in the dome of my little War. But writing to you and listing to their sweet songs. Oh how merry they seem and how gay they appear. Welcome sweet spring, Welcome. Isnt it the most pelasant season of the year but spring would be but bloomy weather if we had anything else but spring. It is Saturday today and I am so sad and lonely. What would I give to see you now and have the pleasure of kissing those sweet little lips or grasping that sweet little hand. All of my messmates are gone down on South River fishing to day. They sint me word a few minutes ago that they had caught 35 very fine fish and they expected to fish all night so if I would come down tomorrow we will have a big fish fry. Myself and several of the Boys went fishing last Sunday. We had fine luck and a heap of fun. We caught 260 fine ones. We also had a little fun last night by fighting a sham battle. My house is about 20 yards from the rest of the cavalry so they divided the company in two parts and handed one half over to me. We then commenced shelling each other with chunks of fish. The firing continued about two hours then we made a charge on the Yankees and we caught them and took them prisoner. There was very little bloodshed on either side. The captain got wounded and one private was two. It was the smelliest sight I ever knew to see the fish flying from one side to the other. Well Cousin Rosa it is now time for drill. I must close by asking you to excuse all mistakes you may see in this letter and believe me to ever to be your best friend and lover. My best wishers are with you. Farewell Dear Rose. Farewell until I hear from you again.
Yours with much love
Rose I believed the true, and I am blest in this believing, oh I love thee sincerely and few have ever loved like me.
Source: Christopher Watford, ed. The Civil War in North Carolina: Soldiers’ and Civilians’ Letters and Diaries, 1861-1865, Volume 1. Louis P. Sherman Papers, North Carolina State Archives.