August 27, 1863 Campania Hartwood Church Father I got your two letters last night one dollar, eight stamps and tobacco. It is the first since I left Glouster Point. I wrote two there, two at the diamont Camp at Alexandria, one at Warington Junction, one at Warington one at Thoroughfare Gap. The one I wrote from the Gap, I suppose this is the answer, I thought you were dead or had forgotten me. Did you know Ken J. [?] has been taken prisoner. He was on a scout across the Rappahammock. It seems to me like loosing a brother, but he is not hurt while laying at the Gap. I got a letter from Mary with 50 cents in it. Tel her I am much obliged to her for it. About what you were speaking about, I would rather be a corporal or sergent first for I do not think I am capable of holding the first yet. We have ____ ____ in our regiment and I would not trust our captain with a cent. He is a sucker. He owes about 500 dollars in the company and if he is asked for it he puts them under arrest, no more. Your son, William H. Emslie If you see Col. J.M. Davies, give him my best repects and tell him what I said. I have got six months pay due on the first of next month.