3 PM Oct 31st
I have written once to day, home, but have just got another chance to send by Aleck Williams.
This morning we were mustered in, preparatory to being paid. I think we will be paid about Monday next but can not tell. Things do not look as favorable for our going home, now as they did. I am afraid I shall be disappointed. It would be a disappointment, truly. Some say we are to leave next monday, but can not tell. The truth is, they dare not tell us a day before hand. If they did the boys, would Burn & tear down all the buildings. I think if we do come home, it will be after we are paid off and not before.
This life is so uncertain. It is all nonsense. A B Williams going home, he is no more sick than I am, not a bit. One thing is certain, I shall not play up sick to get home. I do not think Chicago would hold me, if I got a Furlough.
To night I am going on Guard again so as to get rid of Guard Duty tomorrow, that is the way to do it. I will not send the Revolver, for if it is not fit for Charlie to carry, I will carry it.
there is but little news, in Camp now. I expect there will be some to night on Dress Parade. I have heard Rumors about Warrens being Reduced to a Corporal but do not know, whether it is so or not, I hope so
I can think of nothing else to write, Except to answer the Question about Robert Hoy1, he is quite well & is standing this life [very], I like him very well
Love to all
1Hoy, Robert W.–age,42 Enlisted 6 Aug 1862 at Lyons to serve three years. Discharged for disability, 16 May 1863, at hospital, Philadelphia, PA.