Camp of 2nd Minnesota near Triune, Tennessee, April 4, 1863

A short time ago by Murfreesboro we had thirty-nine cavalry men on picket duty. Thirty-nine Rebels came to change with them, they were wearing Northern uniforms, but our men had been stationed there just shortly before and they knew that their turn was twenty-four hours, so our pickets took these men as prisoners, and I believe many of them will be hanged.

The last part of March the weather was cold but now it is warm.

The fields here are laying idle, and cattle are seldom seen.

A five cent plug of tobacco sells here for twenty cents, and a plug hardly lasts me a week if I use it regularly.