[I left spelling errors as is. There were no periods to break up the sentences so I did add a few to help in reading this. Some lines did have either a question mark or exclamation point, but hard to tell the difference.]
I received your kind letter to day and as I have not much to do this afternoon I will write to you. I am as well as common all excepting one thing and that is I cant speak one word. I got cold out on picket and had a sore throat the cold has left me now but I cant talk any only whisper I can do that as well as once my throat is not sore now and I dont see why I cant speak do you? It has been two weeks since I spoke one word but I guess that I shall get well of it soon I hope so any way for it is not very pleasant to have to talk in a whisper all of the time I guess that it is nothing but hoarseness.
I have heard of quite a number that has been takin the same way that was out here in the army and some of them did not get over it untill they went home? I dont have to do any duty now but I had rather be all right and do duty than to be as I am now if I dont get any better I shall stand a chance to get sent home before long but I think I had rather stop and run any risk than to leave the boys although it is a pretty hard show but as long as I am well I am good for it you now(?) We have moved since you heard from me before we are down the lines further now and about 12 miles from Washington and two miles from Alandra [Alexandria] and about five miles from Mount Vernon. I have not been down yet but mean to as soon as I can. I passed the house that Col Elsworth was killed in the other day ! dont you think we got winter quarters most all done at Camp Seward and had to leave then that was so bad I think? We have got the worst place for a camp ground that you ever saw all around with stumps but it is quite a sitely place as it is so near the Potomac that we can see all of the shipping that passes. We saw one of the gun boats pass down the river this morning the men that stood on it looked just as though they stood on the top of water they said that it was the monitor it had been up to Washington! I must close now! you must not worry about me for I shall come out all right!
Your loveing Brother Alonzo
[written on top of first page, sideways, but reads like he added to original letter]
I dont know as you can read this for there is not a drop of ink in the camp so I have to write with a pencil. We have not got any captain yet nor chaplain. I guess that Eld Russell will be chaplain I hope so