March 1st, 1863

From Cecil Burleigh | Transcribed by Nicole Grove

Washington D. C. March 1st

Dear Wife,

We arrived here last night at five o’clock. We had a comfortable journey but the thoughts of our dear home and friends prevented it from being a pleasant one. I felt pretty blue but have tried to keep up good courage. I can’t but believe I am to see you again and that before many months.1

The great battles that are now organizing it seem to me must terminate one way or the other. I have no time [to] write much for we are behind time so good day, give my love to all, and may God bless and protect you.

C. Burl

  1. From all appearances (and references in later letters), Cecil wrote this after a brief trip back to his home in Connecticut with at least several other men from his company. He is likely on his way back to his regiment.