1864-09-25Camp 45th Regt P.V.V.
Camp 45th Regt Penna. Vet Vols.

Sept. 25th I864

Dear Parents

This pleasant Sabbath afternoon finds me trying to while away a few lonesome moments in writing to my dear parents but how long I shall be permitted to write is very short for this time as the other has just come to pack up. I presume another fight. I have heard heavy firing on the right all day so I must close this where I am.

Sept. 27th 1864

Dear Parents

As I have a few leisure moments I thought I would finish this letter. When I commenced this letter we received orders to pack up. It was all unexpected to us. Everything had been so quiet all day that we did not expect anything of the kind, but in less than an hour after we rec'd the orders we were under way moving to the right.

We marched about 3 miles. We stoped beside the road and lay over night and all day yesterday until about 4 p.m. when we moved out in position and went into camp. We have just finished our tent and I am seated at our table to finish this letter. We expected to get into a fight when we left our old place in the line but nothing of the kind occured as yet. All is quiet along our lines at present. This is the first time we have been back on reserves since we started out on this campaign but how long we shall remain on reserve is uncertain.

Election is drawing nigh and it is necessary for us to have a tax receipt to enable us to vote. After you receive this please lose no time in procuring a receipt for me and forward as I do not care to lose my vote for honest Abe this fall. There is some report of our leaving this department before long. That time cannot come to soon for me. I have no doubt Genl Burnsides will get command of his old Corps again and I would like to leave this department and go where we get what credit belongs to us. I have nothing more of interest to write. This leaves me well and I hope it will find you well. My respects to all enquiring friends. reserving the greater share for yourselves. Please write soon to your ever Affectionate Son.

J .D. Strait