Medical Purveyors Office Chattanooga, Tennessee Oct 26th , 1863
I received your letter of the 8th ult, this morning and now as my days work is over I will take a few moments time to write to you. Lieutenant A. F Davis started home with a letter for you yesterday. I hope he may arrive safely and be able to commence his new labours with a new and willing heart for I wish him to gain reputation and become as good a civil officer as he has been a military officer. General Grant is doing something now that I think will cause the enemy to leave our front very soon. I cannot t ell you at the present what it is but if things end I can write more with safety and I will tell you.
Luther Sheets was down here this afternoon and I went with him to the 11th Ohio to see Jno and I saw him but did not get to talk to long with him as he was fixing to go out with the Regiment, where to I do not know but I think I can tell you in my next. I have to borrow a postage stamp to send this letter will you please send me some in your next. I hope I will not be an expense to you much longer in the Army but I do hope to be able to come home and do for myself and you.
Newton Conklin is the 1st Sergeant in the Battery again so I understood today. I wish all the soldiers well and hope he may do well.
Lieutenant Davis will explain the reason why I left the hospital and came here for I explained it to him and if you ask him he will tell you and it will save me the trouble of writing it.
I still like my new place here and I think I can keep it as long as I am in the Service which I understand is not to be very long.
I seen General Grant out walking with his crutch and cane this morning before I was hardly up. He is not a lazy General nor is he afraid to talk to the men. But still the men want General Rosecrans back again.
The 15th will not be in the coming fight but I think most of the Brigade it belongs to will as they have gone to the front this evening.
You must excuse my bad writing for I cm in a hurry and when I write fast I write poor but I can write very well when I take my time to it.
Well good night. Expect more in the next.
P.S. Write soon.