Pittsburg Landing, Ten.
April 25th 1862
MY DEAR WIFE,
Again I write you from this place where I verily believe it has rained almost continuously since the begining of the year. No doubt we will leave here so soon as the roads become passable. I however am no longer boss. Gen. Halleck is here and I am truly glad of it. I hope the papers will let me alone in future. If the papers only knew how little ambition I have outside of putting down this rebellion and getting back once more to live quietly and unobtrusively with my family I think they would say less and have fewer falshoods to their account. I do not look much at the papers now consequently save myself much uncomfortable feeling.
I would have written you before but as I was writing to father I made that answer for one letter to you. I will enclose with this a letter from Gen. Smith who I fear will not live many days. 1 He was my old Commandantwhilst a Cadets and a better soldier or truer man does not live. I want the letter saved.
I am afraid the money you let White 2 have will be lost. Give yourself no trouble however over spilt milk. —I sent you $200 00 by express not yet acknowledged. Will send you some more soon. I also sent Simp's watch which is not yet acknowledged.
Kiss all the children for me. When you hear of me being on the Mississippi river you can join me leaving the children at home. Give my love to all at home.