Hd Qtrs 1st Maine Batter, In the field near Vermillion
I received a letter from home yesterday and was very much surprised and pained to learn that you had not received any letters from me since I left home.
I wrote Emma as soon as I arrived in Baton Rouge and to you as soon as I received your letter and now been expecting to hear from you in reply by every mail.
I cannot see why there should be any difficulty in having the mails go properly and safely. I know you must have thought it very strange that I did not write, but that fault was not mine.
It seems they have not received more than one out of five of my letters that I have sent home for I have written nearly every week and at the date of this last letter they had not received but three. [...]