Fort Richardson, Virginia
May 5th 1864
Your kind letter of the 1st has come to hand and I am glad to hear from you for I was afraid that you would not get home safe and it has put my mind to rest. I am sorry that you are lonesome for I know how to pity you when you feel so. And I wish I was with you to console you for if you feel as bad as I do, you must feel bad indeed. I wish that your dream would come true but I don’t believe it will very soon, do you?
I am sorry that it cost so much to get that watch fixed but if it is fixed good, it is worth the money for it cost twenty-two dollars and it kept good time.
I am glad that you feel as if you would like to come and see me again and I will do all I can to have you come for I am only happy when with you, my pet. I will now close this with my love to all. Good night, my pet.
Believe me as ever your lover and husband, — C. A. Chapman, Co. D, 1st C. V. A.