Camp near Aquia, Virginia
May 19th 1863
My Dear Mother,
I got yours of the 11th inst. night before last and was happy to hear that you was well. You seem to have some doubts as to my being alive but you see that I am right yet awhile.
Well there is nothing going on here—only everyday camp life. We have been here in camp ever since the fight [at Chancellorsville]. I wish you would send me a paper of the fight or 6th of this month so I could see something about the fight for I ain’t seen a paper since the fight and if I could, I could see what it said about it.
Well I can’t think of anything more to write about so I will close to get my dinner and this afternoon I shall go to the river and go in a swimming.
So goodbye for this time, — Ed Whipple
to P. B. Edy
Ed Whipple, Co. C, 111th Regt. Pa. Vols., Washington D. C.