CAMP NEAR ALEXANDRIA, April 2, 1862.
Every one, soldiers and all, are impatient to be off and at work. We are anxious to see what we can do before the hot weather begins, and are rather fearful that our Southern antagonists will be getting out of the way, to draw us farther south and delay us till the climate shall come to their aid. This, however, is not my view; I think we shall have plenty of fighting before we can secure Richmond.
SOURCE: George Meade, The Life and Letters of George Gordon Meade, Vol. 1, p. 255-6