Camp of 2nd Regiment, Minn. Vol., near Chattanooga, October 6, 1863

Yesterday the Rebels opened up their cannons against us, but they took it easy. They threw about three hundred eighty shells in to our camp, and also a few shells last night, but I have not heard of more than five men in our brigade that were wounded.

None have been wounded of company E since the 26th of September when Peder was wounded on picket duty.

Peder is tired and weak from losing so much blood. Last evening a vein in his sore opened up so the blood was flowing from the wound. The doctor was present but it took a long time to get the blood stopped so he was nearly dead.

Early this morning I went to Captain Donehower and got a pass, and to the Colonel, and to the General for a signature to go to see Peder. I have been with him this forenoon, the bleeding has stopped and he feels much better than yesterday. The news last night and today was that he was dead, but Peder is still alive and hopeful of a long life, which I believe if the vein does not open up again.

One that was taking care of him had his pocket-book. I told him to buy anything Peder asked for that could be gotten, and if he needed more money I would furnish it.

Peder gave me a gold pen as a present. He says the time seems so long. I will go and visit him again before I mail this letter.