Fairfax Station – Virginia
July 26 1861
I’m still here – enjoying very good health, as I have done ever since I left home. I would not have come out here in a better time to get used to military life. Like it very well, though it would go better if I could get some vegetables. I just 10 cts for 7 onions. Everything about here is torn all to pieces where the Yankees have been. All the dwelling houses are deserted. They stold everything upon which they could lay their hands, never saw so much destruction in all my life.
But they are reaping their deserts – Providence has undoubtedly aided up in all our struggles. We would never have gained such as signal victory over such overwhelming forces, with Scott at their head, had not some unseen power worked in our favor. The Yankees left their knapsacks – provisions and all behind, We have fared sumptuously on crackers fish pickled power since we got here which belong to the scoundrels. They will have to reorganize their army before they try us again, I think. They even had their crackers directed to Manasses Junction. I saw that with my own eyes. They are well equipped and fought like tigers. The Senators and Congressmen brought their wives over to see the “Rebels run”, but, didn’t they miss it? The Captain, upon the train on which our Regiment was to go to Manassa, ran, purposely into another train and tore it all to pieces, thus cutting us off from the fight altogether. Had his train been the last one we would have been whipped at Manassa – but, fortunately, there were some trains on both sides of the wreck and the troops took one train and went to the wreck and then around and took another train – thus saving the victory. We got to Manassa about 2 hours by sun and, had it not been for excitement I could have not gone two miles to save my life. Because it had just been just 60 hours since we have anything at all to eat, and consequently felt quite weak – but excitement took us along. We double-quicked it 7 miles to the Battle field and got there about 15 minutes too late – fortunately they had something to eat there and gave it to us – We are doing first rate now, and will continue so – I hope. All the Thomassons, Oggs, Melton, Perkins, and Sanners are well now – Johnson is weak yet. They send their respects to you all and all the people about. Give mine to all the Family and all enquiring friends – They havn’t seen Ed since I wrote last – Don’t know where he is now. You all must not be uneasy about any of us – We will take care of ourselves the best we can, I wish you all would write to me – I’m as anxious to hear from you all as you can be to hear from me. Direct to Manassa Junction – Write immediately – Expect to hear of some “daring exploit” performed by the 13th Regiment shortly – Tell Pattie to write me – Nothing more.
Did you hear from Luther?