Aug. 6th. Well the mail came in last night & nothing from you, so I will finish this & send it out by the morning mail. We are going to draw soft bread today, which will be a very acceptable change. We have got one of the best company grounds that I ever saw, espetially [sic] the Collor [sic] Guard & Head Quarters; it is right on a little knoll with second growth of hard pine, just thin enough to make it a cool & shady place. It is almost too good a place, & we are in hot water all of the time for fear that we shall hear that old bugle sound the call to strike tents.
There is a detail of 100 men from the regt now doing guard & fatigue duty on the Orange & Alexandria R.R. It is the same with all of the regt in this brigade.
And now, Brother, I wish to make a proposition; hereafter I am going to write to you regularly once a fortnight. I want you to do the same by me. I will not write any more now. You see what a blunder I made on the 2nd page, it is something I never [have] done before; and you must excuse it because it was your Brother E. C.