Line of Battle near the James River
July the 1 1864
I seat my self to Write you a few lines to let you know that I am yet amongst the living I can inform you that I am well hopping these few lines may find you all well and doing well I can inform you that we have got to vary good place on account of fiting I can inform you that thay have been a fiting vary hard about Petersburg. It is a bad chance to get letters through on the account of the railroads a being cut in too and it will be some time befour it will be for use the boys is tolerable well at this time the Yankees throught som chearns over at us acasionaly but thear is no damage done yet we have plenty and we have got tobacco twiste. Since we been on this march thea is but three days if old grant to come on yet if he don’t get to come to Richmon till the 4 of July I think he will leave and go bac though I don’t know if he will. I would Write heap but I don’t know if I will have time I have writtins too letters to you Since I have got any one I write one to pillip and one to pah but I don’t know if you got them or not by the railroad being cut in too this letter I will sende letter by mail so I think it will get home.
I would like to know if HH Caldwell has got home or not I heard that he got a Sixty days furlow but never got as on account of the road a being cut but I hope he got home. I heard that thay had a hard fight a bout stony creek yesterday and we a whip them and taken a lot of preseners and waggones and artillery so I will come to a close by asking you to write when ever the mail wil come throughout so no more at present
Yours as ever
Isaac L Summit to
Mrs. Perline Summit
Source: Christopher Watford, ed. The Civil War in North Carolina: Soldiers’ and Civilians’ Letters and Diaries, 1861-1865, Volume 1.