Georgia by the town of Marietta, July 5, 1864
The 2nd of July we received eighty men who were drafted in Minnesota, ten of them are in our company. Most of them are Germans from Kro river.
It was one hundred men that left Minnesota, but twenty of them got sick on the way. It is said that two or three hundred more are on the way to us.
When they came to us we were close to the enemy’s fortifications and the bullets whistled over our camp. They thought it was frightful, and were wondering how so many of us were still alive under such circumstances.
The 2nd in the night the Rebels left their position on Kenesaw mountain and Marietta. In the morning the 3rd we drove them four miles south of Marietta to where the enemy had their fortifications. We rested there over night until in the morning the 4th of July.
The firing continued as usual with cannons and guns. Our brigade started to build fortifications, but it was a lucky day for us for we got orders to go back to Marietta with our whole brigade to guard that position and place.
About ten o’clock July 4th we left the front and were glad to get so far back that the bullets could not reach our tents, which they have now for almost two months.
About two hours after we left the front the rest of our corps, namely, the 14th corps commanded by Parmer, made an attack with bayonets and took the enemy’s fortifications.
Hooker and Skofield, with their corps, pressed toward the enemy.
Eleven hundred prisoners were brought in to town here yesterday evening which the 14th Cor. had taken.
The last few days we have not lost any of the 2nd regiment.
Company E have lost none, except Nik Sons was wounded. I do not know if he is still alive.
All are well except Fredrik Olson was sent back to the hospital a week ago. He cannot stand the heat and hard treatment.
The Rebel arm is getting smaller. They have not gotten any large replacements lately, and they are mourning over the death of General Pock.