Camp Franklin Near Alaxandria Va April 14th 1862
Dear Father--We started from this Camp Ground A fortnight ago & arrived at Manasses & from there we went to Catletts Station fifteen miles from Manasses & after we got there we receivd orders to march back to Camp & the Ground we have traveled over to this Camp is Fifty miles since day before yesterday Daniel Saw was
out to Manasses he belongs to this corps it is the best looking Caveley Regiment in this Corps I received your letter of the 3d at Manasses & was answering it when we got the orders to march back they are shipping our Artillery aboard At Alaxandria I will close this now as I am kind tired & hope these few lines will find you as well as I am I am all right but the tired part I suppose you would like some relics that came from Bull run which I got there Sunday before last it is A small thing I know
From you Son Joseph Leavitt
Letters from Joseph Leavitt and his brother George Leavitt were copied into a ledger by their father John Leavitt in October 1865: "because they are of value to me and I was fearful that they might get mislaid." Both boys were mortally wounded in the war, George at Second Bull Run, August 30, 1862, and Joseph at Spotsylvania, May 18, 1864.