June 7, 1864

In Line of Battle near Cold Harbor
June 7th 1864

My Dear Wife:

Your letter of date May 20th I received June 7th and was very happy to hear from you and that you were all well.

We evacuated Fredericksburg and came to the front again.  Dick Flyn and George Bertholomy and Edward Herrington has just been over to see me.  They look first rate.  I think if I get through this next 6 months without being wounded or killed I will be a lucky man, I tell you that.

It is awful slaughtering of men.  We are still at it.  But still I do not fear it.  If so it is so.  It must be.  God only knows, I do not.  But I will do my duty.

I have nothing new to write.  You know more about it than I do.  General Grant means to fight them here. The day we started on the move, I lent Tom Sayers 2 dollars.

No more this time.  I guess we will not get any [illegible] ‘til next winter, for it does not look like it at present.

My love to Harriet and all inquiring friends and accept the most of it yourself and the children.

From your ever true and affectionate husband.

My love [to] Mrs. Edwards and Jimmy. I am glad he gets along so well.

Please to write often, from your ever true and affectionate H, 

John Bryden

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