Lucy came this morning with a dispatch from Rufus dated July 4th. He was well. The 2d Mississippi regiment under Major Blair surrendered to him July 1st. Kate came this evening. Lee is still at Antietam--no battle yet. Ephe is under Sherman who is after Johnson. Our last letter was written June 22. We look anxiously for further news. Kate came home.
Peggy's comments:Here is a letter Rufus Dawes wrote to his fiancé, Mary Gates:
Line of Battle on a hill near GettysburgJuly 2, 1863 8 a.m.
God has preserved me unharmed through another desperate bloody battle. Regiment lost 160 men killed and wounded. I ordered a charge and we captured a regiment. There are no communications now with the north but I hope you will get this.