Camp of the 140th Regt. N. Y. Vol.
Near Petersburg, Va.
August 16, 1864
I now sit to pen a few lines to let you know I am well & enjoying myself as usual. In fact, there is no use of complaining for it would be of no benefit to one in the least. I have not felt so well since I left home as I have during the time we have been in camp & on the front line before the above named place. My only hopes are I may still continue in good health, hoping by the blessing of God this may find you in good health & enjoying life the merriest.
This is a very beautiful morning after the copious shower of rain which fell last night accompanied with heavy thunder & sharp lightening. We have had several showers of rain lately which has been very beautiful.
We anticipated a move last night to go to the aid of Butler on the right. It seems he has accomplished what he undertook & the rebels are trying to drive him from his position. I have no more news to relate in this on the war.
I have something of importance which can be expressed in a very few words or lines—a request which I hope some of you will fulfill as soon as possible. It is this. Some time ago you or rather the rest promised to send me some writing paper & envelopes. I have been waiting over 15 days to receive some from home & have seen nothing of any up to the present time. If it is too much trouble after pay day, I will send to N. Y. City and purchase some. Put it in a package and have one end open and it will come for half the price.
Adieu for the present. — Charles M.
N. B. Do any of you think paper like this half sheet is fit to write on? No!