Franklin County: H. W. Freedley to Maria Hiester,
June 18, 1863
Freedley tells Hiester of the army's movement and predicts an imminent clash with Confederates. He mentions the isolation of soldiers from news and their immersion in rumors; and he wishes that he could visit Hiester.
June 18 th 1863
Camp 5 Infty
I have taken this opportunity to write you a line I ascertained yesterday that my last two dispatches were intercepted at Army Head Quarters. We are now near Leesburg after the rebel army. I expect we will soon have another engagement. I do not know the news and we hear a variety of rumors. I have not seen a paper for a week and intercourse is entirely stopped. Our letters do not reach their [deleted: informal ] destination I hope you have left [unclear: Millmont] and that you are not exposed to the rudeness of the soldiers. I am so sorry that I could not take advantage of my "leave" to see you before their "raid" for I do not know when I will be able to come now. I will now endeavor to obtain a Penna regiment I'm so sorry that I could not [illeg.] to these [illeg.] to defend the promotion.
Ever Your Friend
P.S. I wrote to your father at the Continental Hotel