Camp Hayes Centerville
Co D 111th Regt NYSV
April 10th 1863
I am now having [a] little easier times in the Co, all the Drilling I have to do, is Battallion in the Afternoon, for an hour & a half. Tomorrow we have got to Muster, it is reported, that it is to find out many men, we have fit for Duty, & that we are to have Drafted men to fill up the regt, I hope this is so, as it will make it easier for all. The Detail for Color guard has not been read yet. Barney, Francisco, was yesterday Detailed as Ajutnats Clerk, a tip top Position for him. there he will have no Picketing to do.
7,30 PM I received your letter of the 6th this PM. As yet we have seen nothing of Capt, or his men, though we thought certainly thought he would. Mother is right, about Dreyer, you have to make an allowance for what he says. As to his being Hospital Stewart, that is all [G….on]. He is right, however, about Greens, marrying Catlins Sister. I thought I told you of that long ago.
I have heard no more about the Furlough, prehaps [sic] when the Capt, returns, he will help me. I am almost afraid afraid [sic], it will not work. I hope it will for the Lord knows I want to come Home, if but for a few days. we have not seen the Paymaster yet, nor is there any signs. of it at Present. I took the Chap, the Democrat this afternoon, with his letter in. [Utassi] did not send me to the guard House, he knew, he had no right to compel me, to black his Boots
[Flaglers], was where, my Picket Post, was with Granger, He does not live there now. He got so Poor that the Govt had to move him to Washington. He has a Splendid Farm but it does him no good it was in his house, that Ely was confined, & he was taken to Richmond with him. You thought I did not have a very good visit, with the old Slave holder, far from it, He was very cordial, but his Sentiments & mine did not agree. His Daughters was down, on us, poor Soldiers.
I shall be glad to get the things, by Dreyer they are just what I wanted, especialy [sic], the Blacking & Powder, to clean Buttons. We are having Splendid weather here now, & if it was not for the Drilling, we would get along. I am getting sick & tired of hearing the Drum Beat for Drill. I would not know what to make, if laying in bed, & not have to get up, to Revilee. There is a Report here of a Row in Richmond, about Provisions. I hope it is so. We have got to Draw, new Suits of clothes, next month. Well I must close for I have a great deal to do
I sincerely hope you will succeed in your Examination, so that you can get up as soon as possible. I do not want you to study to hard however, you must take the Advice, of your Aged Brother Manley. A man who has seen as much of the world as I have
April 11th, 5,15 AM. Just had a pretty good nights rest. Today, we go on Inspection & Muster. I do not like these Regt Inspections. I will write again tomorrow.
with Love to all