On Picket about 2 miles west of Camp Dec 30th
All quiet on Picket so far. Last night everything went off smoothly, no alarm of any kind. We have got a very nice post, & Barney, Aleck, Billy Waters & myself are together. Last night our Pickets were Attacked about 4 miles north of us, towards the Patomac. They were attacked by Cavalry but repulsed them. Reinforcments, were ordered up from Alexandria, of Cavalry & Infantry.
Today, we can hear very plainly, heavy Canonading to the south west of us. I think there is a large Force of Cavalry & Artillery Lurking around here, whether they will attempt to enter Washington or not we can not tell. probably not. It would be difficult to get to Washington from this Side of the River anyways. This is the time for the Rebels, to make
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He had no right to put me on guard You had ought to have seen him cool down. If he does anything about it I will have him court Marshialed, for giving the Countersigne, so that it could be heard 2 rods off. I have him there.
I am afraid that last letter in the Republican will get me Court Martialed. The QM, is trying to find out who wrote it & says he will put him through If he finds who wrote it, there will be trouble for me. All in our Co, know who wrote it, & I am afraid some of them will let it out.
We are going in tomorrow, & are to be mustered again. Capt sent yesterday to [ ] for the Trunk, so I think it will be at Camp when we return. How many times last night I wished my self home It was a nasty disagreeable night, Fogy [sic] & misty, I hope it was not so with you. Lovely old night for Picket.
I will write again soon