home from your long absence, for it was, also my first experience away from friends and relatives, and home never seemed brighter and more pleasant than since my return. Although I probably shall not be able to attend "the stone schoolhouse" next term I intend to continue most of my studies during the long vacation which I will take. I have the advantage a good teacher in the pe[illegible] of a young Presbyterian minister who is now boarding with us. He has [lately?] at Union College, New York and has kindly offered to assist me in whatever studies I may wish to undertake. The sad news of the late defeat of the U.S. forces in Virginia is more sad to the people of this neighborhood because many of them have sons and brothers in the routed army, but fortunately no one of the boys from our town has been killed, and but one slightly injured. I have received letters from some of my acquaintances there since the skirmish of Thursday before the great battle on Sunday. They had become somewhat acquainted with the music of whistling bullets and describe the horrible sensations produced by the sight of men falling by their
Union Grove, Wis[c]
1861 Jul 28
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