1863-04-27Camp Dick Robinson, Ky
Camp Dick Robinson, Ky.

April 27th 1863

Dear Parents

This pleasant afternoon finds me trying to write a few lines to you. I have rec'd 3 letters since writing to you but I have been out in the country on duty and have not had any chance to write today for I did not get in until last evening.

It was one of the most pleasant weeks I have enjoyed since I left home. The people that are Union seem more like home people than in Virginia. We have been well used since we came into the State. We are not under marching orders but I do not know when we shall leave this camp. In all probability when we do go we shall move toward the Cumberland Gap for its is there that the Rebels are expected to make a brake in anywhere and they will undoubtly try to get into the State for forage and something to eat. The most of the people here are anxious to have the war ended. They fear Kentucky will become the battle gound and if such should be the case they would all be ruined. For my part I had rather remain where we are than to make any forward movement while it is warm weather but the war can never be brought to a close by inactivity therefore I suppose it is best for us to be at work still I dread the long marches. They are so tiresome especially in warm weather but all we can do or say will not change the least trifle. You spoke of my purchasing a farm and you would come to live with me. I wish I had the money. I would gladly leave old Tioga when the war is over but it would take more than I expect to get very soon, if ever, land is not as high as it was before the war but I would not dare to risk a farm here until the trouble is settled. I think if I live to see the end of this war and have good luck I shall see this part of the country again but my sheet is about full and I shall have to stop. I shall not consider this an answer to your 3 letters but will write soon again. The latest of yours was the l5th ult. Please write as often as convenient to your ever Affectionate Son.

J .D. Strait