Feb 28th 1863
I received a letter from you yesterday, & will try & write a Short not[e] this AM.
I am well & all right now, feeling all right now. We have had no Fighting yet, nor does it look any more like having one now, than it ever did before. Yesterday Green came through the Co, & told the Boys, that their Guns apart, to put them together as soon as possible, that our Col had gone out on a Scout, with the Cavalry & there was no telling, how soon we might be called on. This was just about as much sense as half the orders Green gives. Just because the Col, had gone with the Cavalry, why we must have a fight. night before last, our Scouts drove in Rebel Pickets were driven in, they were just outside of the Bull Run Creek.
We are to be inspected & mustered, at 2 1/2 PM by Col McDougal, not Brig Genl Hayes. I never told Capt Holmes, that I had not earned the Promotion, he must think I am a fool, I would like to know, what Corporal in Co D, has done [more] than I have. I told him I did not know but I had rather a little too Free, with the Boys, but the trouble was, I put too much confidence in the Boys, & some one reported what I said. I deny my being the cause, of the trouble between Lyons and Sodus. It commenced at Harpers ferry, before I even knew the Company. It is a Lie, if he says, Green & Granger had nothing to do, with Cathers Promotion. If any other Sergt, but Catlin had, came to the Tent, & taken off his Side Arms, he would have been Reduced. When you see Dreyer you will find out a little more how things are.
the QM, will bring up any Express Box, sent here, he Brought up 3 Wagon Loads of Boxes for the Regt, yesterday. There would be no trouble about that, nor about my receiving the Box. I hope if you send one, you will let no one know it. It will come to Alexandria, & from there to Union Mills by RR. Tom Hooker is all right, & well. Chap Brown received that Paper from you, because he showed me the Letter.
I have just heard that the Rebels have their Pickets posted opposite our Pickets & talk to one another.
I must close this
Love to all
M T Stacey