My dearest Caroline,
It has not been long since I left your side, yet already my heart aches with grief. I did so enjoy seeing your face that it made up for all the tribulations I had to overcome to see you. Your beautiful, radiant visage and gentle contours have done a great deal to soothe my wearing mind and aching body. I await my return to your arms with impatience and long to be held again in your warm embrace.
I am staying with General Lee's mistress, Virginia. Beautiful though she is, she is of a stormy disposition and prone to longwindedness. From my space here I can smell the manufacture of that hound's meal they've been sending to the front lines. This war shall soon be over after the Yankee scourge is dealt with. I pray that happens before Lincoln's savages are able to molest us further.
Your adoring husband,
Col. Chester Worthington, Mrs.