Battery Anderson, Virginia
November 22nd 1864
Your kind letter of the 16th came to hand today and I am glad that you are well for I am in good health for me. You need not fear that I shall reenlist for I can’t bear to stay my time out so I can’t see the point in going in again. I am sorry that you have gone to work in the mill but I can’t help myself so go ahead, I won’t trouble you about it unless you are not well. But if you are well, go on and do as you like.
We have had quite a fight. The rebs charged and took our picket line and it has rained ever since so we have not taken it back yet. But as soon as it clears off, we shall have fighting to do for Gen. Butler says that he will have that line back if it costs 40 thousand men and I hope it will be done before long so that we can be in peace again for the pickets get to fighting about every night and it ain’t over comfortable to run through a storm of bullets from our tents to the battery every night. We have had quite a time and look for more of it every minute for it begins to clear up.
Give my love to all not forgetting Mary and Tilly and I will close this. My very best wishes to you, dear Mat. Write soon.
As ever yours, — Chet, your husband
To my wife, Martha L. Chapman
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