Dec 18th /62
I have not recd the Box yet, though it is at Alexandria. I got a pass for the City to day & went to the Express Office, it had come but as I did not have the Receipt I could not get it. I had let one of the Teamsters have it, to get the box, for me. I shall get it in the morning, certain.
I went to the Marshall House to day, where Elsworth was Shot & saw the Stain Case. I should have got a piece of the Stains if I could. I went around the City a great deal today, & had a pretty good view of the City.
All we are afraid of now is being ordered to join Burnside, if we get clear of this we are all right. We are hearing some very bad news from Fredricksburg, altogether different from what we anticipated.
8 PM. I have just got your last letter of the 15th, & two papers from home, & was very glad to get them. we have not moved far as you will see, & we hope not to move. I do not think I shall have any trouble in selling the boots, if you send them, though, I shall not need them.
I do not know how we shall succeed in our [Dinner], but think we shall have one if we are here. You know that any letters directed to me at Washington 111th Regt will come all right, no matter where we are. You should see us now, H Warren, Barney & myself, writing Letters home sitting on our Bunk. To night we have been out & drawn a small Kettle, to Cook things on our Stove, it is just what we need.
Mother does not think it is as cold here, as it is in New York, to be sure we have some cold days & then we have a great many warm ones.
I will write you a good long letter as soon as the Box arrives. I am anxious to get it.
Our Regt had Battillion Drill this PM. I went to the Lieut Col, this AM & got him to sign a pass for me to go to the city, for my box. He is a great deal pleasanter then Segoine. It is rumored here that Segoine, is going to resign, we hope this is True.
I got the Stamps to night in the Letters all right. we see no signs of pay yet, but hope we will soon. We soon will have been in the Service 5 months soon, the 6th of next month.
One week from to day is Christmas, how I would like to be home then. I think I shall remember Home that day, of all others. The watch runs good, offered $16 for it to day, like it very much.
I do not think we shall have much Picket Duty to do this Winter, I think it will be building forts. I did not tell you that I had to work on a fort the other day, did I. I did not think Corporals would have to work like that
Will write soon again