1864-07-08Near Petersburg, Va
July 8th 1864

Dear Parents

This morning finds me still enjoying good health. The Regt is out on picket. Our colors do not go out so I am in camp today. Two of our boys rec'd very bad wounds this morning, one of Co G and one of Co C, both very bad wounds. The Rebels are getting so that they hit some of our boys every time they go out to the front. There is nothing of importance going on, but little firing this morning. Last night the Rebels kept up a constant fire but our boys have kept them down since daylight. Absolem sends his respects to you and wishes he was there to help you but that is out of the question as he is permanently engaged for the time being. I have no news to write. You may send me $1.00 worth of stamps in your next if convenient. Stamps are scarce. I had a good supply on hand and have yet but I do not want to get out. I have divided with Absolem for he cannot get any around here and one does not like to frank letters. At least I do not. My respects to all enquiring friends and my warmest Affections for yourselves. Your Son

J.D. Strait