I received your letter dated April
4th, and it is hardly necessary to say that
I was exceedingly glad to hear from you all.
I am still in Richmond and do not pos-
itively know that I shall leave for a
month, unless my services shall be requir-
red in South Carolina, or some other point,
when I will leave on very short notice.
You have heard, no doubt, that the troops
in Charleston have attacked Fort Sumter,
and last night they had quite a jollica-
tion on the receipt of the news that the
Fort had been taken yesterday. There was
about 100 guns fired in consequence. Con-
siderable excitement exists throughout the
I am in tolerable health, and very
anxious to see you all very much.
Give my love to Martha and Kie
and all friends and acquaintances.
Remember me to Miss Nancy, and
tell her that before long I will be home
to greet you all.
Give my best respects to the two girls
on Buck Island, and say to them for me
that they do not wish to see me more
than I do them.
Please let me know when you answer
whether you are at the same place you were
when I left, and if you are not, write me
where you are now, and who you are board-
When you write again, do a little
better than you did last, as you certainly
did not have tome or would not take time
to write to me.
Give to my love to all the Union
boys and to friends everywhere.
Write soon, and let me hear
from you all.
J M. Parrish