Head Qu QM Dept Strahl’s Brig
June 20th 1864
My own darling wife,
Your last letter was dated June 1st which I
answered. I am now anxiously looking for one from you daily
and I expect my wishes will be gratified shortly, judging from
your promptness in writing heretofore – I have been waiting for
a pleasant day to commence my letter to you for the weather has
so much to do with my feelings – I always am more bouyant and
hopeful when the sun shines brightly than I am of a wet, cloudy
day. From present appearances there is no prospect of enjoying
sunshine for several days to come, so I determined to write re-
gardless of the weather. The continuous rains we are having is
very severe on the boys in front and more especially for their sakes
I would like to see it clear off.
There is no important changes as yet – Both armies keep
maneuvering, then to the right and then to left, with heavy skirmishing
almost every day. I think Genl Johnston will yet fall back
nearer to Atlanta unless Sherman will attack him where he
has choice of position – The morale of our army is good and no
lack of confidence in their Commander – So much is at stake both
here and Virginia on the result of the present campaign that
we cannot but appreciate the caution of our generals. Success
to us will certainly bring a speedy termination to the war
and whilst a defeat will not wreck our cause, it will
prolong the struggle with more adverse circumstances.
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