July 8 /62

My dear Edward

Your letter of July 2nd with enclosures
reached me day before yesterday &
is the last letter I have recd from
home. I have already written several
letters & in the last one gave quite
a long account of the late proceed-
ings.

We are lying here still &
the weather is the hottest I
have ever known. One can
do nothing else but be perfectly
still in bed & hardly can
survive that. I see considerably
of Ezra Ripley. He is very
much disgusted with his Regt. &
the service in gerenal & last
night resigned. I do not be-
lieve they will accept his resig-
nation & it will hurt his reputa-

tion to resign at this time. Be as-
sured that I am eagerly watching
my opportunity to get out of it
but it is not just now the time
to do it. I have recommended
Miles to be Lt. Col. & if he's
appointed & there is no imme-
diate protest of an action
I may possibly be able to get
a furlough. I have only 149
men in the Regt. who are
fit for duty. 58 sick &
32 drummers, non com-
battants &c. I have 11
Officers here of whom 4 are
sick. If I can't resign
I should like to get a
postition as Inspector Gener-
al or something of that
kind. I am thoroughly disgusted
with our Generals & think we had
better give up the struggle at
once unless we can have a
radical change. You have no
idea of the imbecillity of manage-
ment both in action & out of it. McClellan
issues flaming addresses though every-
one in the army knows he
was outwitted & has lost
confidence in him. His
statements that he lost no ma-
terials of war or ammunition
are simply false. I believe that
this Army properly handled
could march into Richmond
even now, but with our
present Generals never. We
are surprised to learn from
the New York papers that we
gained a great victory. We
thought here that we had made
a disastrous retreat leaving
all our dead & wounded & many
prisoners & material & munitions
of war in the hands of the
enemy - though it is true that
the men by hard fighting
often temporarily repulsed
the enemy - all this is
strictly private
.

Did I tell you that in the midst
of the hottest shelling I saw

Willie Storer who is in Genl Palmer's
staff. It was he who afterwards
brought me the order to go in to the
fight of Tuesday Evening.
You do not tell me whether R-
has got Tobins place. Has he?
I am very sorry you find it so
dull, but if you were here
you would heartily wish
yourself back in New York
though I know my dear brother,
how hard a life you have. Why don't
you go up & see the Townsends & write
to Mrs. Meagher after asking if she has
had any late news from the Army
& perhaps they will then repeat
their invitation. Erza Ripley
has just been in & is going to get a
sick leave instead of resigning.

No packages have yet come by Ex-
press from the Fort but I expect
them up in a day or two. There is
a breeze today & it is cooler. I am going down
to the River to see if I can find
Arabella whom I expect on one of the
Sanitary Boats. When it gets a little

[This text appears on the first page, written up the left side margin ] Cooler I shall ride round & see what of my friends
were killed & wounded.

Your affectionate brother

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From the Francis Barlow letters