Grand Ecore. He intimates his own personal doubts as to any movement of the regiment in the near future, notwithstanding these preparations. He tells of the muttered curses heaped upon the heads of the regimental officers who put the men at work building two long lines of blockhouses as winter quarters more comfortable than tents, when the men believed such labor unnecessary in view of the expected early departure."
Near Nachitoches La.
January 12th 1844 5
MY DEAR JULIA
It has now been nearly two months since I heard from you and about four since I wrote the letter to your parents to which I hoped so speedy an answer. Of course I cannot argue any thing very strong in favor of my request being granted from their not answering it, but at the same time they do not say that I shall not write to you, at least as a friend, and therfore I write you this Julia, and direct it to Sappington P. O. 1 expecting your Pa & Ma to know that you get it. The fact is I thought I must hear from you again—The more than ordinary attachment that I formed for yourself and family during my stay at Jeff. Bks. cannot be changed to forgetfulness by a few months absence. But why should I use to you here the language of flattery Julia, when we have spoken so much more plainly of our feeling for each other ? Indeed I have not changed since and shall hope that you have not, nor will not, at least untill I have seen all of you once more. I intend to apply for a leave in the spring again and will go to St. Louis. For three months now I have been the only officer with my company and of course cannot leave even for one week. 2 Julia can we hope that you pa will be induced to change his opinion of an army life ? I think he is mistaken about the army life being such an unpleasant one. It is true the movements of the