CAMP NEAR ALEXANDRIA, March 17, 1862.
My last letter was written to you at Hunter's Mills, I think, on Friday, the 14th. On the evening of that day we received orders to come here, and started after dark in a pouring rain, marched six miles and bivouacked. The next day it poured all day, and the roads were in terrible condition, so that we were obliged to bivouac again and pass the night in a drenching rain. Yesterday it held up, and we marched to our present position, within two miles of Alexandria, where we are now bivouacked on the bleak hills, awaiting further orders. I do not think I have ever seen a much harder march than the one from Hunter's Mills to this place.
SOURCE: George Meade, The Life and Letters of George Gordon Meade, Vol. 1, p. 252