20 July 1862

Fairfax Seminary Hospital

Fairfax Seminary [Hospital]
July 20, [1862]

Dear Father,

I received your letter of the 18th this afternoon. It contained $7 for which I am much obliged to you. I have received all of your letters up to this date. I received a letter soon after I sent the one you have answered.

I feel as though I wanted to go to my regiment now more than ever but on the whole, I think that I shall wait a little while. Direct your letters here until I write to the contrary. I received your Tribune. You need not send any more for I can buy the Clipper or N. Y. Herald either of which I had rather have.

I am going to send a likeness of a friend in this letter. Put it on the parlor table. His name is Edwin Graves. He is a good boy & belongs to the 49th New York. ¹

Pope’s orders suits me to the letter. “Live on what the country [provides] & be ready to march at a moment’s notice.”

I do not know as I have anything more to write. Such money as you sent is all right here & you may send more if you have it. Yours respectfully, — Chas. E. Bradley

¹ Edwin A. Graves (1840-1862) enlisted at the age of 21 on 8 August 1861 at Forestville, New York to serve three years in Co. I, 49th New York Volunteers. He was wounded in action on 17 September 1862 at Antietam, less than two months after this letter was written, and died of his wounds on 24 September 1862 at the Hoffman House Hospital in Maryland.