Camp near Fredericksburg, Va.

May 4th 1862


My dear Sisters,

I have only time to write that we reached this place after a pleasant march.  Saw the roads, which I think are the worst I have seen in any Country.  We are repairing the Rail Road to Aquia Creek and building a bridge over the Rappahannock but do not know whether we will advance from here at present.  We have learned the fate of New Orleans, and last evening that of Ft. Macon, at which of course we are very much inspired.

I do not see from the temper of the people here any prospect of bringing them to their senses exept by total destruction of their Army.  I have not time to write more at present as the Mail is waiting and our opportunities of sending it very irregular as yet.  Direct your letters via Aquia Creek McDowell’s Corps.

With much love to all believe me.

Your affectionate Brother

John F. Reynolds


Miss Ellie Reynolds

         Phila, Pa.



May 6, ’62


My dear fr[iend?],

         Kate came home safely this eve.  We scarcely expected her & were quite sorry to see her which you will understand.  She looks well & has enjoyed her visit greatly—is full of it & is very happy talking of it.  I send you this letter (which please send to sister Lyd) _ ___ _ Katy’s photographs as soon as Lyd _____.  Saw the funeral of Gen’l Smith _____.  It was a fine display & I did not cry as Hal did at Col. Bakers!!  Went to Sue Boyds to see it.  They all asked for [you there?] & at Mr. [Witman’s?].  Let me know when you think of coming on (Will & Beckie I mean) so that I can see if I can go to ____ ____ _ ____ first.  We are all delighted with the prospect of having you.  I think it an age since I say you all.  Be sure & bring your _____.  I have July 13 _______ in ____ ____!  Everyone is in bed & I only write these few lines so as to send you the letter & pictures.  [Marge? ____ss] & the Temples were here all eve.  Bowman Bell was in the battle at Shiloh with Buell.  Kate came with Mrs. Jane Slaymaker who told her lots of news that we have not yet heard.  Hal & I want old ___ birds to make as __ flap sticks like Kate’s & I expect _____ & Mrs. Temple will want some too but we can make ours first & have them ready.  Wrote to _____ on Sunday the fifth letter.  Have not yet heard from [cuz Liz?].  Mrs. _____ came home yesterday I heard.  Bell E_eathville is engaged & will be married soon.  Have not heard the gent’s name.  We are very much obliged for the  [shells?].  Everyone is in bed & I am sleepy.  I send a scrap of my [teaching?] suit.  Love to all from all.

         Your affec. sister,

                           Ellie Reynolds.