June 16th 1864
Yours of the 7th came in a few days since and found me well and enjoying the rest that had been a strangerto us for more than a month.
Pink was sent to a hospital a few days since with measles they had broken out on him before he left, haven’t heard from him since.
Bill and the other boys are well. We are in the suburbs of the bloody field of ’62 – we are in line of battle but no enemy nigh, has fallen back, was skirmishing in our front yesterday saw a good many prisoners coming in don’t think we will remain here long.
I think we will keep on to the right till we reach the Southside; the impression in camp is Grant is going to try Richmond from that side, he’ll not find it any easier than he did on this. I think we will have some hard fighting yet but not as hard as Grant has done for I don’t think he can this summer bring his men up to the strencth as well as he has on former fields – think they begin to see the folly of charging works protected by Rebs, and otherwise I don’t think we ought to fight them while our Capitol is threatened. Already we have saved thousands of lives by sticking to the works and letting the enemy do the charging. May God spare us to meet again is my prayer. Give me love to all and excuse this short uninteresting leaf.
Your ever loving
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.