8 miles South of Alexandria
Co D 11th Regt NYSV
After a very long delay, I got your letter & five papers to night. I was glad to hear from you again. I got a letter also to night from Mr Cookingham, from Lock Berlin, asking me if I was taking care of Philip Clouse, also asking me me how he was & if he needed anything. Clouse was taken to Washington, two days ago, so I can not see him. We have seen nothing of Aleck yet, & are wondering why he does not come.
I am very glad to get the Papers, as I have nothing to do, while on Fatigue Duty & then I would have a fine chance to read.
You may be sure we shall be glad to get the Trunk by [Budlong], & shall be sure to think of home, that day. I am in hopes of getting a pair of Pants, from home, they will be so much better than Army ones.
I cant be bothered with writing a letter to the Republican.
I shall be very glad to hear or see you, at any time, here.
there has been a great change in Lieut Green, since his promotion, he is not like the same man. He does not seem to take as much interst in the boys, as he did. He gets no $1,00 from me, to buy a Sword.
I have not been PM, since leaving Chicago, the mail comes to the Capts first, & we get it there. there is some talk in the regt of when the fort is done that we are Building, of our being turned into Heavy Artillery & go into it. Green, says he should not be at all surprised. nothing would suit me better. There would be no moving around the Country. I will give you a description of the fort we are building.
To night we have sent out some men to Reinforce our Pickets, the Pickets that were out, brought in 5 Rebel Prisoners & they said that Stewarts Cavalry was going to drive in on our Pickets to night & that they would make a [dash] on us. We would like no better fun than to have a Cavalry Co, make a dash on us in the night time. They would stand a poor chance.
I wish Moor would come back, he would help me in my promotion. Things look like Catlin being sergt now. If he does then.
6 AM Wednesday. Aleck came last night at 8 PM, from Washington, he did not bring the Trunk that had out things, only the one that had Crowls things.
I got the Letter & Postage Currency all night, & shall have to get a little more [of you], to settle up with. After [this] I am going to cut down my Expenses a little. I think I could sell the other pair of Boots with out trouble, some of the boys, are bad off for Boots. I shall not want a Portfolio [Fr..] Cap, the Regulations will not allow me to wear one.
My cold is getting better & is nearly well, there is so confusion [sic] here about Aleck, that I can write no more.
I think we shall get the Trunk to day. I shall get a pass for Washington in a few Days & go & see Peter Crowl. He wants to see me & I am sure I do him. Fortifications again today. I will send plan of the Fort in my next
Love to all