a specimen of some of their conversation to day. Says a rebel picket to ours “will you take a letter to the Post Office if I bring it over.["] Union picket, ["]yes bring it over.["] Rebel picket, ["]Well I will bring it over after dinner,["] again says the same rebel. ["]Is that a sharp shooter standing their by the side of you.["] Union picket ["]yes.["] Rebel picket ["]Well pick them off.["] Says another of our pickets, ["]Have you any tobacco over there.["] Rebel picket, ["]yes plenty of it, have you any whiskey.["] Union picket, ["]yes plenty of it come over and we will trade you some whiskey for tobacco.["] Says another of our pickets ["]we belong to the 105th Pa.["] Rebel picket, ["]That's nothing, we have the 115th Alabama.["] Union picket, ["]Bully for you.["] Says another of our pickets, ["]We are coming over to see you some day.["] Rebel picket, ["]Come on we will be ready for you.["] Such is the specimen of some of the conversation of the pickets of our own regiment and the rebel pickets. I am glad they have quit firing on each other for it is a barbarous practice and should not be tolerated in a civilized country. A picket is for the purpose of giving the alarm when the enemy is approaching, not for a mark to shoot at, but enough about pickets.
If we are successful here Richmond will fall an easy prey to us, and when Yorktown and Richmond fall into our hands (and I do not doubt but what they will) I do not see that they can have the least glimmer of hope. The[y] are beaten at almost every point. They do nothing but surrender and evacuate. If they are defeated in a few battles more they will become so discouraged that they will not feel much like fighting. I don't think the war can last a great while longer but it no doubt will last enough to sacrifice a great many lives yet, but I hope we will all soon be able to return to our homes to gladden the hearts of those who are dear to us by the tender ties of nature. Tilton enjoys himself very well he says he likes soldiering. I asked him if he would come back and clerk for the Adjutant if I left, he said he would not for he liked drilling better. I have much respect for Tilton and I believe all who are acquainted with him respect him. I think he has improved in morality. I believe him to be a better boy now than he was when he left home. But I have not time to write much more