Before Petersburg, VA.July 2nd, 1864
We are again out of those hot trenches and back in the woods. If the army remains here, in six days we will go out again for a tour of duty in the trenches. There is not so much shooting now, although every few moments a huge mortar shell fired by the rebels, comes straight down from the clouds and bursts with a terrific explosion in our lines. The weather is very hot, but I get ice every day and plenty of it. There is an ice house on our skirmish line. I have some boys who have the nerve to go out and get the ice at night, in spite of the fact that rebel sharpshooters keep a constant fire on the ice house. There is one good thing, corps headquarters can’t put a guard over it and gobble it away from us, and appropriate it to their own use. William wants very much to come home with me.
Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Letter from Rufus Dawes to Mary Dawes, July 2 1864
at 12:00 AM