Camp Near Corinth, Miss.
May 20th 1862
Again I write you from this camp in the Oak woods near Corinth. It would be a beautiful place for a Picnic but not so pleasant to make home at. Since my last our troops have moved up some two miles nearer the scene of the next great conflict but Gen. Halleck and myself still remain.The lines are so long that it is about as convenient to visit them from here as from some nearer point.
When the great battle will come off is hard to predict. No pains will be spared to make our success certain and there is scarsely that man in our army who doubts the result. I write to you very often but it does not appear that you get all my letters. It becomes necessary therefore to repeat some things said before. First then I sent you $250 00 by Express the receipt of which you have not acknowledged. Next I authorized you to draw what is still remaining with Mr. Safford in Cairo, something over $300 00 I think. Our rent in Galena is still unpaid. Authorize the amount to be deducted from your next loan to the store.
I will send every dollar I can to you which will be about $400 00 per month. Get yourself everything of the very best, and the same for the children, but avoid extravigance. A few thousand saved now will be of great benefit after a while.
I want very much to see you and the children. When I will have that pleasure is hard to tell. If we get any place where we are likely to remain any time you can join me but the children must remain at school. Does Missie continue to learn as fast as she did ? Is Jess a good boy and how often does he fight his Grandpa and Aunt Mary ? You have never told me what he says about his five shooter that I am saving to take him. Jess must be about big enough now to leave his Ma and join me as Aid-de‐ Camp. Tell him that if he can ride a horse, wear a sword and fire