Camp three miles from Louisville, Kentucky, June 26, 1865
I received your letter of June 4th, and your letter of June 16th I received yesterday.
We left Washington by railroad the 14th of June and came to Parkersborg, Virginia, the 17th and left there by steamboat the 18th and came to Cincinnati in the evening the 19th and stayed there till noon the 20th of June.
I was all over the town buy my honored friends were nowhere to be seen, they had left.
We came to Louisville the 21st. I have postponed writing day by day in the hope of news of discharge, but all for nothing.
I understand there is an order given to discharge fifty thousand men, of these, fifteen thousand will be of our army, and as they go by regiment then ours will be the seventh regiment to be discharged.
But the thing is, that here are so many one and two year men in other regiments that will come in our way, so it is still uncertain.
We have hundreds of reports daily an none to believe for certain.
The paymaster is paying an eight months’ pay to the army, but slowly. We have not yet gotten our pay.
An order was issued to give leave permission to twenty soldiers out of each hundred, ten days to Kentucky soldiers, twenty days to Minnesota soldiers, and fifteen days to Iowa soldiers, and so on, and when they get back then others will go, but General Bishop does not want any one to leave before he knows if we can be discharged.
A later order is that a furlough will soon be given, but few will go to Minnesota because it will cost too much.
I feel sorry over the farmers’ misfortune in Minnesota, the grasshoppers, but it can’t be helped.
I am well, and so are Evend and Fred.
Fredrik Olsen says that you can keep the money you have until he himself comes home, and not to do anything more about the mill.
We now had the news, through our commanding officers, that all veterans will get their discharge as soon as possible.