June 26, 1864

In the Breastworks near Petersburg
June 26th, 1864

My Dear Wife:

Your letter I received a few days ago and was very happy to hear from you and that you and all the children were well. I am not so very well at present, but I hope I will get better soon. Hoping these few lines will find you well and family.

I got a letter from my father the other day. I answered it. It was posted at Albany. I see by it he is going on to New York to see Mary and thence to Milwaukee to see brother[s] William and James. I guess he has finally come to the conclusion that I would not come under. No sir.

Sarah we are fighting night and day here. We have got Petersburg under our thumb. Any minute we have a mind to blow it up. But we do not want to do that; it is too valuable a place. We can see all the town very plain.

Sarah there is no use of me telling you anything because you can see more by the papers than I can tell you. If I was to make a detail of all that we have come through this summer it would take a book as big as a safe to hold it all. It is [illegible] but down here it is 22 miles south of Richmond it has not rained any since we have been down here. It is very unhealthy.

We took a good deal of the rebel works here. I have been spared so far on the charges where our Corps made. There were hundreds fell at my feet and I was left alone. There is only 280 men left in our Brigade now after the charge. We had 4 men in our Regiment killed with one shell and 2 wounded. We have got about 30 men [fit] for duty now.

No more [at] this time. My love to you and the children and all inquiring friends from your affectionate husband,

John Bryden

Please to write soon and give me all the news.

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Written in pencil on a half sheet of landscape-ruled 8” x 10” rag paper.  Watermark present, but illegible.