March 6, 1862, Harpers Ferry, Va.

My dear wife,

Now we have just got orders to be ready to march tomorrow morning so I think our Brigade is going to move forward towards Winchester. I guess you have better direct my letters to Washington after all, at least till you hear from me again. I am anxious to hear from you & to know where you are, though I imagine you are in Baltimore.

Wish I could have you here with me but I cannot, & it is no use wishing. I enjoyed your visit to Poolesville very much am so thankful you came when you did.

I have got a bad cold in my head which troubles me considerable - it is better today than it was yesterday though. Syl is quite tough-stands the war better than I expected he would. I have done nothing about my business from the ____. I have not had time. Shall be glad when Capt. Simonds returns, I am about tired of being alone with the company. I have got much to do to get ready to go in the morning and cannot write more.

You must remember me to all Mr. Bís family, and I will bid you good bye with much love and many kisses. Ever yours, Charles.

I enclose 5.00 for Syl which he wants you to pay to Alfred for clothes I thing he says, Charles