Fort Jefferson Apr 19th 1862
Dear Wife & Children
I have had no Mail since I wrote you before but will commence a letter against the time the next Mail leaves. My health is very good I am on duty every day. It is very warm drilling I sweat as much as I should in Haying at home. Col Put has not arrived but we expect him & Gen Brannan with Staff today or Monday. It is very monotonous here, on Guard once in about 10 days the next day off duty till Dress Parade, the day after on Regtl Police when I have to Boss 16 men but do not work much myself; the rest of the time it is Battallion Drill at 9AM Co Drill at 4PM Dress Parade at 530 Roll Call at 830 Taps at 9 when we are all in bed, and every day Equipments to clean & keep in order So that there is but very little leisure time and the men get sick of one thing right over again every day.