Feb 8th 1863
I recieved your note of the 2nd last night, & will try & answer it now.
As usual we are to have Inspection, this AM. Yesterday we came off, Picket, from Post No 15th. There was two men living there, that looked very suspicious to me, so & determined to keep a close watch of them. Our Post, was in a log [Shantie]. overhead, we found, Government, Property of all kinds, Tents, Clothing, & Guns. As a man is no right with this Propery, we determined to report it. If they had made any distribution I should have reported it to D Utassi, as they did not, I let it pass. They were genuine Secesh, no mistake, one of them left home about 3 PM, & was gone till nearly Day Light the next morning. I have no Doubt that he is a Spy. He knew the No of every Picket Post, just how many there were & where they were.
It is reported here for a Settled thing that we are to be paid off, on Tuesday, next, but for only 2 months. There is strong talk, of our Extending our Picket Lines, farther out, & of our being sent to Washington, if so we shall have some Fighting to do. there is Rebels in abundance near there. I think there is a move ahead. we can tell more what we shall have to do, when our Col comes back, or when we find out, whether he will be Col, or not. It will make some difference to him, whether he can be Col, or not.
Granger’s Sword was taken away from him, because he was on Provost Guard, & did not nave the countersign, when it was his place to have it, & another thing he had his Side Arms off, which is against orders. He has got his Sword again & I guess he will get along now with out any thing being done. Do you think, I do not know my Duty that I should have been in that Scrape, if I had been on guard that night?
I must have lost some of the Letters, you sent, as I have recd, Stamped Envelopes, but once that was when the Trunk came. These las[t] I recd all right.
We have had awful weather for the past week, it has rained most of the time. it is our Good Luck, to have to go on Picket when even it storms. we have to go a half miles out of our way, & go through Just such a [Formula] every time, no matter how much it storms. we have had some Bitter cold weather this last week, as cold as we have in NY.
Dan Hutchings is just where he started 1st Corp he never will be promoted. No one likes him in the Co, he is always complaining. all non commissioned Officers, get a Commission, to show their Authority, for what they do, I shall try & send it home. I get more Mail, than any one else in the Co,
We have got two or three cases of Small Pox in the Regt now.
Cant write any more
Love to all