Dear Daughter-I notice the day of the week, you see, as well as the day of the month. This I did, that you may know that, I try to remember God's holy day. Though speaking in general terms. A soldier knows no Sunday. And now, while I am writing, the sound of Martial music is heard in many directions-and men are marching off, to do duty, as guards and pickets for our camp. This would seem verry strange out in Morgantown-but such is the soldiers duty-and such in the necessities of war. The weather has been verry unpleasant for soldering since I came to this camp-Wet, and quite cold-but the soldier must do his duty-whether it rains or shines-cold, or warm. You would be interested, in seeing the smoke ascending from thousands of little log hutts- and promenadeing some of our nicest streets, our Towns are regularly laid out-and here we have alleys, main streets, front streets, broad streets & our Towns have no hotels, no mattresses no feather beds-a boad with a blanket constitutes the beds. There is one particular difference in our towns and others in the country-we have no loafers here-every one has something to do-and has got to do it. It is reported that some rebels has crossed the river, some miles above here and intend attacking us. I dont believe it. I have been commanding this Brigade since my arrival-and will I suppose until the proper officer returns. We was ordered out in line of battle a few days ago to meet the enemy-but he did not come-and it is well for him he did not. I received a letter from Son, a few days since-answered his, yesterday. He said Mother and the General was doeing verry well-hope you are doeing the same. I am proud of your reputation as a student, and your proficiency in your studies. But dont relax your efforts, be studious, be kind and corteous to your associates, and those whose duty it is to, give you instruction. Education, prudence, and virtue, are the essential elements that constitute a lady. Shall I be disappointed in you, My Daughter, never I hope, I will do all for you, that is in my power-but you must, do your duty in order to be what a lady ought to be-and that is Intelligent, modest, prudent, and above all, virtuous. Never try to be affectatious, no Lady can put on airs, that cant be immediately detected, and as you prize your reputation O, never, write, a single love letter (as they are generally termed) to be laughed over and remarked about. I was once a young man and know what are the bad results, of such practices.
I have written plainly my Daughter-but why should I not-you are near and dear to me-and your reputation is dearer to me than my own. Remember in your Father and Mother you have friends such as you can find no where else, never pass by their advice without due deliberation. Hopeing to hear from you soon I am affectionately yours
Direct to Col Jo. Snider
1st Brig, 3 divis-
2d A.C. Falmouth Va