Transcribed and submitted by
Great Great Granddaughter of Charles Hennrich
April 6, 1863
The letter which you wrote the 28th of March I received the 6th of April. I hope that this letter finds you in good health as I, thank God, have been so far. According to your letter you were all sickly at that time but I hope that God grants that this letter will find you all well.
Dear parents, so far all has been quiet here and the weather is nice. We had nice weather for Easter. Only we could not celebrate it as we usually do. On Good Friday, instead of going to church, we shouldered our arms and drilled. Saturday the new General of our brigade, Gimball, inspected our rifles to see if they were in good order. That caused us to think that we might march at last. The First Easter we had to do picket or outpost duty. The Easter Eggs turned out bad this Easter for in this region one does not see many chickens anymore otherwise we would have made ourselves some.
Not far from our post there lives a rebel whose six cows, as they were going home in the afternoon, came toward our outpost. We stopped them as we do anyone who passes our post and does not have the password and I milked one of them which gave enough milk to make me some Easter milk soup.
Monday, as we were returning to camp, we heard that we had received marching orders. For where we do not know but it seems that we are to take two days rations along. It will probably not be far otherwise we would take along more rations. Whether we will go by train all the way or not we will leave here by train. There must be something wrong on the railroad someplace since today we have had our cartridge boxes filled again, 40 cartridges in all, and are ready to leave here at 7 o;clock in the morning. If we return safely from the expedition I will write you at once.
I must close now with greetings to all of you. I would have written more but it was too dark. I will send you a letter as soon as I return.
Dear father, you write of the money which you are still to get from Germany. I would not wait on that little which my uncle still has, I would let them send me the rest.
Forgive me for the poor writing as it is already too dark. Write me at once again for I think that by the time it gets here we will be back again.