6 miles from Washington
Dec 2nd /62
We left Washington yesterday morning, about 9,30, for our present Camp. we marched, Through Lousianah [sic] Ave, Penn Ave, & over Monumental Hill, and over the Long Bridge (not the Chain Bridge) to Camp Chase, about 6 miles South west of the City. On our Route, we passed near enough to get a good view, of the White House, the War Dept, Washington’s Monument, & the Smithsonian Institute.
I am in hope’s of getting a pass, to go & see some of these Public Buildings, but hardly think I shall. I have seen several of the 138th Boys here, they all seem to Feel well. I want to go over to their camp if possible. We have got a nice place to Camp, about, a mile from the Potomac. We are near several large Forts, you can hardly look any way, with out seeing Camps.
We are not in the same Brigade, that we were. The  NYSV, the 116, 125, 126 NYSV are Brigaded together and are to Guard the RR, between here & Manassas.
there is some talk of our Colonel being made a Brigadier, & we be in his Brigade. If this is so, (I know he has been working for it) there will be some change in our Staff Officers & then I think our Capt, will be promoted. He is today Officer of the Day.
It would suit our Boys to be turned into Heavy Artillery & Garrison some Fort, but this would be too much Good Luck.
Three out of the 5 NY Regts, Paroled have received their Arms, the 126th gets their own today & will soon leave. I think we will get the same kind of Guns we had before.
I would like to know who that Citizen of Chicago was that wrote that lying letter to the Lyons [Repub]. Does he know more about the Camp than we do, I wish they had published (Dryers) letter, there was some truth in that.
I never thought I could live on Raw Bacon & Hard Tack, but I can & grow Fat. Perhaps you may wonder why I sent home my vest, it was so small that I could not [get] it around me within two inches. I have grown so fat. This life agrees with me.
I have had an Awful Cold & Cough for a few days past but it is better now. This is a lovely place when it Rains, the mud, two feet deep.
I was on Guard, last night again, it is my good luck to get on, always, first. I hope soon, to be something higher, then I will get [rid] of that. The boys have had lots of fun this morning chasing Rabbits, there is lots of them here, Co [D], had one cooked last night. The mail leaves Camp at 11 AM, & gets here about 2. We are to have [ ] Tents, 5 in a Tent, they are all together, better, than those with 15 in. I expect we shall put up put Tents up today & then we will be settled
Love to Mother, Maggie
Charlie Rosa & the Same yourself.
I remain hoping to hear from you soon