Near Hanover Junction Va
May 25th 1864
My dearest Corrie
I have written you often since the fighting commenced but I have fear that you did not get them in time as the railroads have been torn up by the enemy in so many places.
We arrived here day before yesterday leaving Spotsylvania on the evening of the 21st, didn’t leave until the enemy had disappeared from our front trying to make his way by our right flank.
There has been not casualties in the company since I last wrote. Parks, Galloway and others have come in. Tom brought my pants but left them with the wagon train so I haven’t seen them.
We boys are all well. Billie seems to take every thing quite easy. I fear exposure will bring back Rheumatism on him.
We have good earthworks here and I very much fear the enemy will not attack us, now don’t think I’m anxious to fight, not so but this I do know, we have Grant to fight again somewhere and knowing such I’d rather he would attack us while in a strong position as at another time we might not get it. The enemy is out front, there was considerable artillery firing yesterday and this morning we were looking for an attack but as yet everything is quiet. If the enemy continues to assault our lines we will weaken his ranks so after a while we will be able to drive him across the river.
Picket’s Hoke’s and Breckinridge’s divisions have joined us since we left Spotsylvania. You will see by the papers the enemy admits a tremendous slaughter in the former fights. We are all getting lousy.
Give me love to all. I hope I may be spared through these trying times.
I received a letter from you yesterday. Please write often.
Sources: Mike and Carol Lawing, eds., My Dearest Friend: The Civil War Correspondence of Cornelia McGimsey and Lewis Warlick (Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press, 2000). Original collections of the papers are in the Southern Historical Collection, UNC Chapel Hill.