Near Norfolk July 26/61
I received your letter with enclosed from sister Janet and was glad to here that you were all still in the enjoyment of good health and likewise received a letter from John dated July 16th and was glad to here that he had recovered his usual health, You have no doubt heard and read an account of the brilliant victory won by our troops at Manassas Junction. I can give you no particulars but what you have already received through the news papers as that is the only means through which we can gain any information, we are still in our old camp, news came on the 18th that we would have review of four Regiments near Norfolk in the 19th which we were present at, we left camp at 3pm and marched about four miles fully equipt knapsacks and all arriving there we were put through a drill of about an hour and marched back and got to camp same night about 9 oclock pm, pretty well tired out with our march, next day July 20th instructions were read out on Parade that the Regiment was to hold itself in readiness to march at a moments notice and to have canteens and haversacks filled but the day passed without our hearing any thing more of it although there is another rumour in camp for this last few days that we will be moved from here owing to some difficulties that have occurred between the Citizens and soldiers of Norfolk and our Regiment, you have no doubt heard of the death of Lieutenant J.A. Adams of the Mobile Rifles at the hands of some of the Norfolk rowdes on Tuesday, no blame can attached to the respectable community of Norfolk for they have always been very kind to use and they condemn the partys implicated in it as much as we do ourselves the principle was a fellow by the name of Hughes, he has been arrested and is now in jail awaiting his trial for the murder It is a difficult thing to keep the soldiers from going to town being stationed so near them and I think that we will be moved further from town principally on that account our destination as far as I can learn will be Ocean View or Pleasant home, both very pretty places as far as I can learn, there is nothing of any extra happening in camp since the excitement died out allending the news of our late victory last night being my turn for guard duty, about one in the morning the drums of the Regiment commenced beating the long roll that being the signal of a surprise, the Regiment turned out in five still in about the span of twenty minutes when the inspector general complemented them upon their in forming into battle line. Still the boys did not relish it as well when they came to find out that it was a false alarm and that there was no enemy within a good many miles of them. Give my love to all the family and enquiring friends.
Your affectionate son