Corpus Christi Texas
MY DEAR JULIA
In my last letter I promised to write to you evry two or three weeks and it is now about that time since I wrote and you see how punctual I am. I fear Julia that there was a long time between the receipt of my letters from N. Orleans and my first from Texas but you must reflect that I had writen you three without having recieved an answer and before writing again I wanted to hear from my Dear Dear Julia. I always do and always will answer your letters immediately and if you knew how delighted I always am to hear from yourself you would write often too.
The late casualty in the 4th Infantry promotes 1 me so that I am now permanently at home in this Regiment. I should have prefered being promoted to a Regiment that is now in the States, because then I would get to see again, soon, one who is much dearer to me than my commission, and because too, there is hardly a probability of active service in this remote quarter of our country, and there is nothing els, excepting a fine climate and soil, to make one wish to stay here. —There is now over half of the Army of the U. States at Corpus Christi, and there must of course be a breaking up and scatterment of this large force as soon as it is found that their services will not be required in this part of the country. It is the general opinion that on account of the length of time the 4th has already been encamped, here and at Camp Salubrity, and the general unsettled position that it has been in since the begining of the Florida war, that we will be the first out of Texas. Once in quarters again no doubt we will remain for a good long time.
The most of the talk of war now comes from the papers of the old portion of the U. States. There are constantly bands of Mexican Smugglers coming to this place to trade, and they seem