Fort Snelling, April 4, 1862

Today we received an order to get ready to go back to our regiment as soon as the steamboats go, which will be in about eight days.

Enlistment has been stopped for all regiments in Minnesota. They have called back the officers to the first regiment, they say they have enough men, but I do not understand the meaning of same.

According to the papers our troops have not done anything this last month, and the Rebels are just as strong as before.

I believe if nothing is done the next two months then we will also have to live in tents next winter if we live through the summer.

If we have to live by the river through the summer then I don’t think many of us will be alive, but I think that I can hold out as long as any.

When we left our regiment we were given six months’ service for recruiting so I then had hopes of spending the summer in the clear air of the North, but not so. Now I am sorry that I left our regiment. It has cost a lot of money and no pleasure.

I talked with A.K. Skaro as he walked by here and hope to see him again soon.

The price of wheat, according to the St. Paul paper, is now down to 53 cents a bushed.

Until now the flour for the soldiers has come from St. Louis, but now it is being sent from St. Paul.