Camp near City Point, Va.
Wednesday, May 11, 1863 [should be 1864]
Here we are in our shelter tents in the midst of an old cornfield awaiting orders. We are near Gen. [Benjamin] Butler’s headquarters. We are about five miles from City Point and about the same distance from Petersburg. We left Portsmouth Monday night and arrived here yesterday. Our troops have cut the railroad between Richmond and Petersburg and are still holding it. We came here on a transport from Portsmouth.
We are in light marching order. Our knapsacks are in Portsmouth. I sent my violin down to a schooner that belongs in Mystic and Capt. Tribble is going to take it to John H. Allyn. I put those long stockings and my mittens in the box with it and George Meech put in a pen & wine glass so if you ever get the box, you can give them to Mrs. Meech. I did not put in the bow as the box was not long enough. I directed the box to you in Mr. Allyn’s care so if he gets it he can bring it up to father Allyn’s when he comes up sometime. It may not come in a month as the vessel is going to Philadelphia to get a cargo for some northern port.
I have got my bounty check and shall send it in this if I have a chance and I want to send you a x [kiss] and think I may as well do it now. There has been some hard fighting out here but it was done before we arrived. I do not know as I can send this but am going to have it ready. I am nervous and everything bothers me so I am making a poor job of this but I know you will excuse me. It is very dusty and the weather is hot for this season of the year.
The 11th Regiment is here somewhere but I have not seen Dr. [Dwight] Satterlee yet. George Meech is well. We may not have to do any fighting. Hope we shan’t. There is no fighting going on today. The Rebels hold Petersburg and probably will.
From your ever loving and fold husband with kisses, — Thomas
I hope I can send this today. My love to all. I can send this to Portsmouth by the chaplain.