Our sun is so bright today the colors are washed out in my photo.
The next letter from Eli to Calvin was sent from Montgomery Alabama on June 11th, but my entry last month was long so I postponed telling this part of his story. In reference to a report Calvin gave him that oil has been struck in nearby North Vernon, Eli writes, "I should not be surprised for the paper stated the other day that their well had caught afire and was about to burn this whole Country up. Think there is any danger of burning my big plantation up there at Hardenburg? If there is I will try and sell out." He then goes on to a new topic: "... as I told you before I was on picket night before last and after night we had to patrol the Country to pick up the boys out there that was out stealing chickens. So one of the other Corp and I took 3 men and went out where some market wagons had stoped for the night, and lo and behold divil a soldier did we find there -- but I saw the best looking girl that I have seen since I have been in rebeldom. I tell you what I just fell in love with her but pshaw what good did that do me, I have not saw her since nor never expect to see her again." He tells Calvin to stop teasing him about some unnamed woman back home, and later tells Calvin to find a good looking young lady and intercede for him. Eli does not believe he'll make it home by July 4th, but it should not be long after that. The men are still drilling as usual.