Co. E 15th Reg't Massachusetts Volunteers,
Camp Foster February 1st 1862 U. S. A.

Dear Father and mother, I write these few lines to you hopeing to find you in good health as this leaves me in at present thank God.

Dear Parents, I have expected a letter for the last week but have not got one yet. we have been out on picket and have got back to camp. I have been unwell for some time but I am well at present. there is a great many of the boys in our company sick with the measles. have I ever had the measles. when you write again let me no for I expect to be down sick with the measles every day.

the weather is awfull bad out here at present. it has stormed for the last three weeks. some times it snows and then rains, so it keeps us knee deep in mud all the time. there is about four inches of snow on the ground now and plenty of mud under it.

Dear Parents, I would have sent some money home before now but I gave it to Seargent Shumway. I expect he will start soon. he is going home again. he is to be gone six months. he is going recruiting.

give my respects to all inquiring friends. no more at present from your son
John Toomey

Direct as before.