Near Winchester, Va.
February 27th 1865
Well dear wife, I will now write a few lines to you that you may hear from me after so long a time. I am well and hope this will find you the same.
When we left home, we went to Alexandria to Camp Distribution and we were there six weeks expecting every day to be sent to our regiment. By then there were some ten thousand there. It took a good while to distribute them all and I had no chance to write for I had all my paper and envelopes stolen from me so I could not write. Jennings and I came here on the 25th. The Regiment will move away from here soon but don’t no where. Write soon and if er ain’t here, it will follow us. And write all the news you hear of.
Don’t think of much to write this time for I have not looked around much. But we lay in the woods and it is very muddy. We are about 3½ miles from Winchester.
Well I have nothing more to write now but you write soon and send me 2 or 3 stamps. They are hard to be got here.
I remain yours till death, — William Edy