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4 May 1864

Camp near Sandy Hook, Maryland
May 4, 1864

Dear wife,

I will now write a few lines to you that you can hear where I am and how I am. I am well and my health is good. I received yours of the 23rd and was glad to hear from you. The last letter I wrote to you, I have got no answer from yet.

Part of our regiment left Martinsburg last Saturday and came here Sunday morning. All the dismounted boys are in this camp, The rest are gone with General Sigel. He left last Friday with his army of 40 thousand for Rebeldom and a great show it was to see them start a line about 10 miles long. We soon will hear from him now.

I don’t know when I will be sent to the Invalid Corps yet. It is slow work in the army. We have to wait orders from headquarters and we have not got our [orders] yet and don’t know when it will come. We are scattered about so there are about three thousand here in this camp waiting for horses. This camp is about 5 miles from Harpers Ferry in the valley under Maryland Heights called Camp Davis.

Mr, Sweet is as well as usual. I had my likeness taken last Friday for some photographs to send home but I didn’t get them. We left the next day an when I called for them, they didn’t suit him and I had no time to wait for more. But if I get where I can get them, I will send some home.

I suppose Ed has gone back to the army again so you will be more lonesome than ever. But keep up good courage. There are a great many women left alone these times.

Direct to Camp Davis near Sandy Hook, Maryland, Co. I, 14th Pa. Cavalry

Write to me often that I can hear how you get along and write all the news you can hear of. The weather is very cold and stormy here or has bee for some time back but more pleasant today. I am sitting in my tent on the ground and writing on my knapsack. Well, I don’t think of anymore to write this time. May the Lord bless you is my prayer.

— William Edy



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