Letter. Rufus A. Barrier, Hoke's Division Infirmary, Virginia, to Mathias Barrier, Mt. Pleasant, North Carolina
"I have no doubt," begins Barrier, "but you have been expecting to hear from me before now, but I have put it off from day to day hoping that I might improve in health before writing." He says he is a little better than he was before he left home, but is still in the division field hospital. The previous Thursday, he says, there was a general engagement along the Petersburg-Richmond line, and the enemy fared poorly: "A yankey Colonel under flag of truce acknowledged their losses from all causes to be five thousand men. That was the grand move to take Richmond before the presidential election in yankeydom. They have lost five thousand votes and gained nothing." Barrier's brigade is doing well and is well-positioned along the line. He says that the men all have tents or shanties in which to live and that Gen. Longstreet has suggested that they will be wintering there.