Camp of the 140th Regt. N. Y. V.
Near Hatcher’s Run, Va.
March 5, 1865
I now sit to acknowledge the receipt of your kind letter of the 1st. I was glad to hear that you were well & hope this may find you as heretofore. As for myself, I am enjoying life’s blessings—or as well as could be expected under the existing circumstances. In fact, there is no use of complaining for everything has been & is going in our favor.
I miss my friend [Spencer Young] very much, though not as much as if I did not hear from him occasionally. He is a coming back to help strike the last blow of the Rebellion that will take ere long.
I was truly glad to learn by yours your girls enjoy yourselves so happily during the winter days. You mentioned of the snow being nearly all gone and could enjoy no more sleigh rides. Don’t fret yet. There will be plenty of snow before the month of March passes by. I rather think you have not been up & doing or else you would of had more than two sleigh rides. However, that’s more than I have enjoyed for nearly three years. Never mind then. Better times a coming & not far distant. Oh! how I long to be among your number & have a good times eating apples & drinking cider.
My pen is trying to get the best of me for it is a trying to go faster than I really want it to. What girls like yourself, Anna Collins, [ ] found riding on a wood rack. Just think of it once, how beautiful. You mentioned that Father was thrashing oats now and you’re mistaken. You said that Gus Stonecole had the job, ain’t I right?
So you do really wish that this Rebellion was to close, same as I did. But the day is not far distant when peace & happiness shall once more reign over this our glorious land.
A number of copious showers have visited this section of the country within the past few days. Everything has been quiet along the line of earthworks through this day. The locomotive is very busy in hauling up supplies for the army. Nothing of importance has transpired of importance during the day. Was inspection of arms this A. M.
I can think of nothing else to write so will close for the time until I feel a little more in writing mood. Will write in the course of one or two days. Your brother, — C. C. Miller
108th N. Y. V. S.
Gettysburg, Bristoe Station
140th N. Y. S. V.