St Augustine Jan 1st, 1863
Heaven knows how sincerely I wish you a Happy New Year My Dear Ones at Home.
The old year passes away with its great events in Clouds & Gloom to our Country, but I do not dispair I am very hopfull even cheerfull, If I only knew & could feel that the Great Heart of the North was with the Army, through good and through Ill, & were bound to sustain us to the bitter End without thought of submission I should feel Joyfull; And here & now at the commencement of 1863 I bind myself anew all that I am all that I love & all mt hopes, to the Service of My Country. We hear that Burnside has been repulsed & that the 290 has taken a Cal Steamer, also that Sec Seward & Son have Resigned. (this is verbal news as we have had no Mail), if these things are so affairs wear a bad look, the Citisens here cannot conceal