Bush Hill Camp Aug. 3rd,

Friend Marie,

I read your letter yesterday and was very much pleased to hear from you that you were well and in the enjoyment of one of heavens richest gifts. I went yesterday to witness one of the most painful sights it has been my lot to witness since my enlistment of ever. A young man of about 24 years of pleasing dress "hung by the beck until he was dead." He belonged to the 2nd N.H. regiment. His crime was killing a woman in Alexandria. The crime of killing a poor innocent woman although the wife of a rebel should not go unpunished. I could witness such an execution without the least compunction could you not Marie. The Corporal was along and when he dropt the corpl. say well "I do not wish to see any move" and looking into his face he was white as a sheet he said his heart was all of a flutter and said that he could not stand that. Our whole brigade was present to witness the execution and others besides some 20,000 in all. Did you ever witness the execution of a man Marie? We read the box which the very kind and patriotic Cadus of Ludlow furnished for our comfort and the contents we deal sparingly out at each meal and merries looking set of faces you never saw than among our men when they see the kindness of their brothers and sisters at home that although distance divides them the same feelings of sympathy exists for their welfare which was always exercised towards them from infancy. The cooks are preparing breakfast for us and what do you think we are going to have for breakfast we are to have fried pork bread and coffee. Will you not come and take breakfast with us if you will come you shall have a bit out of the box. The Rebels are within 8 miles of us and we are making preparations for a warm reception at any time by falling trees across the road and possibly make them attack us as wee wish them to. I went over to see the Vt. 3rd the other day all as well as usual stayed in Washington at the National where I saw W.B. Hatch, D. Chase from Vt. Corpl. sends his regard to all who inquire after him. Please excuse bad writing as I have no place for to write. Write soon. Give my regards to your father and mother and all who inquire after me.

Yours in Haste

Yours Truly D.S. White

Corpl. says he will write you today or tomorrow.