New. Iberia La. Nov 24 1863
My. Darling. Wife
Last evening we were favored with a very large Mail and I had the pleasure of finding in it two Letters from you bearing dates of Nov. 3d + Nov 9th, they were indeed very welcome and came just in time to help relieve me of a fit of Blues and Homesickness with which I was troubled. I find that of late I am frequently subjected to attacks of this Kind X [mark in pencil] and had hoped that as time passed I would become more used to being seperated from my darling Wife and these attacks would become less frequent, but I find that the longer I am away from you the more I miss you X [mark in pencil] and I suppose this will continue to be the case. I do wish we were so [p2] fixed that I would be enabled to send for you and have you with me, but now I am in command of a Brigade in the field and not see much prospects of getting in any other position very soon. We are still lying here in Camp, doing nothing and I do not at present see much prospect of being sent into any City for winter quarters. We certainly can not move or do any thing through the County, for in about two Weeks the wet season sets in, and then for three months it rains most of the time and the Roads become so very bad that it will be impossible to move an Army by land, it may be the inten-tion to operate with this Army, by boats [?] at some point on the Gulf, but I can not tell anything about what we are going to do or where we are to go. A great many rumours are flying around the camp daily, but we can never tell whether there is any truth in any of [p3] them or not. My application for recruiting has not yet returned, neither have I heard anything about it since it left here. I should not be surprised if it had been sent down to Brownsville after Banks, in this case, it would be some time before I will hear from it. I do not Know but what, Gen Burbridge, our Division commander will object to me going even if it should come back granted as he will want me to stay here and Keep the Brigade in running order. I will do the best I can however to get away, for I do want to see you very much. I enclose you Gen Burbridge’s Photograph, it is an excellent likeness. He gave it to me a day or two ago. He is a great friend of mine now, quite a change from a year ago, when we were in Kentucky. You can put the Picture in your Album, if you wish. I will send you Col Landrum’s as soon as he can get me one. Have the balance of mine come [p4] on yet from New York. Do not forget to send me two or three as soon as you get there. The bad feeling against the Major still exists in this Regiment, and I am now afraid that the next move will be for all the Line officers in the Regiment to hand in their Resignation as the Major will not send in his. I see that I shall have to put in, and settle this matter in some way or other, probably force the Major to resign. I dislike very much to do it, but I do not see my way out of it very clearly, unless I do something of this Kind. I am very sorry that such a feeling exists, but I can not help it. The Major is in my opinion a fool, or he would not be so very unpopular. Some persons are so constituted that it is impossible for them to do any thing, that will be well received by their fellow men, in my opinion the Major is of this class for he certainly does try his best to do [p5] right, but fails in every thing. X [mark in pencil] I have now received from you Nine Letters and written you Eighteen, so you see I am way ahead of you, though I expect there are several Letters for me on the way. To morrow is Six Weeks since I left you, it seems to me more like six Months. How long will it be I wonder, before I shall again be with you or have my darling Wife with me, I do hope not very long.
I do wish your dream would soon come true and that you were with me, you may be very sure that if you do come, you will be joyfully received, you need have no fear of this. I love you my own dear Wife too well, not to want you with me. I am strong in hopes that if I can not get up with you, that something will turn up that will enable me to have you with me. I will let you Know immedialety when this does happen [p6] and then I want you to immedialety join me. You say that you think it would have been better if I had left right after we were married, as Dixon did, as it would not have been so hard to part also that there were other reasons. now my darling I want you to tell me in your next Letter the other reasons. I do not see them, be sure and tell me. confidences between Husband + Wife is the best rule you Know, I tell you every thing that transpires with me, and all my thoughts and feelings –
Our Folks do seem to have been flooded with visitors. I see that the Grier House is still running. Of course if you say so and wish it, I will stay at your House when I come up, although I expect our Folks will insist on us spending part of the time with them. You certainly have been very fortunate as regards Presents. I am very glad that you have received so many and this shows that your Friends appreciate you, and well they might [p7] is my opinion. Day after to morrow is Thanksgiving Day. would that I could be with you at that time, but as I can not be there in Person, you may be sure that I will be present in mind. I shall think of you very, very often my darling Wife.
I am afraid that those Ladies complimenting your Husband as Mrs Brotherson and Mrs McReynold did may make you place to high a valuation on him and you may some day wake up and find yourself very much disappointed. Mrs B. you Know is inclined to flatter, and you must not beleive every thing she says. I entirely agree with you my darling, in what you say about confiding in each other. I have the greatest confidence in the world. I beleive you love me better than any one else in this world and I do assure you I love you far far better than any and every thing living or dead, and I Know that this love will never weaken, but continue to grow on as [p8] long as I live. You ask me where I bought my Watch. I think I bought it of Mr Morse, but am not positive I did get one from Dr Miles about the same time and sold it for one Hundred + fifty Dollars to a man at Elmwood. I may be I sold the one I bought of Morse. I am not certain about it however. I purchased the two at about the same time, which one was sold I am uncertain about, but think it was the one I got of Dr. Miles. both were about the same value. I am glad that you are taking such good care of it, think of your absent Husband, every time you look at it. Will you? I look at your Pictures very often, and Kiss them every time I look I would much prefer Kissing the fair original. do you remember how you used to object to the operation, but I guess you became accustomed to it, before I left you, did you not? Good Night my darling. Give my love to all.
Your Devoted + Loving Husband D.P. Grier