Near Frederick City, July 28, 1864.
Here I am out in orchard, a little west of the battle ground of Monocacy, pronounced Mo-nox-y. I received a letter from you yesterday and sent one. Had to send it by a citizen I met in the road. The last three letters I have sent to be mailed just as I could. One of them I am glad to hear you have received. We left Tenallytown day before yesterday a little afternoon. Came just through the town of Rockville; stopped over night, the country very fine. Yesterday came through Nielville, Clarksville to Hyattville to this place. The country yesterday was poorer and quite broken. This morning it has been better, and Frederick City lies in a beautiful valley. The water is everywhere good that I have been in Maryland. It is a beautiful country and very productive, but not as much so as it might be. The air is pure and healthy. I had rather be here than down in the region around Petersburg. The marching that we have to do here is much harder, but this country seems more like down there. All the women look ugly. I have not seen a handsome woman in all our marching in Virginia. Have seen one or two haughty ones, but there was not one spark of beauty. Have seen several that I think were good, but here in Maryland all the women have bright cheery faces. That, and the country and its crops make me like it. The Rebels mean to keep us in Maryland. As soon as we left their rear in the Valley of the Shenandoah, then they turned Northward. I do not anticipate any fight here, certainly not as long as the 6th Corps remains together.
There is some prospect that we may be distributed to guard this country from the Rebel raids. The Rebs will not try to butt their heads against the 6th, unless in greatly superior force and our forces in the region are nearly equal. There is a part of the 19th Army Corps now with us. They have with them the Vt. 8th. They find it rather harder campaigning in Louisiana –