April 18th /63
I received your letter of the 13th, yesterday, so will answer this AM. You will see, we have not moved yet, nor is there any unusual signs, of moving. Every thing is moving along the same as usual, except we have but few Rations. The Rations were all turned over to the QM, last Sunday, except the 3 days we had in our Haversacks, & for some reason or other, we can Draw, no Fresh ones. I do not know what I should have done if I had not got the Tea & Sugar, from Home.
Yesterday, both of the Batterys here, were Shooting at a Target, 2 miles off, they made some pretty good Shots. We have Drilled, quite often, in Firing Blank Cartridges. I like the Drill, but not cleaning the Gun.
I did not think it was any Fault, of yours, my not hearing from you oftener, I get more Mail & hear from Home than any other man in the Co. I have not had a chance to talk with the Capt yet, though hope to soon. Dont think any more about the Furlough, for I shall not come Home on one, so you will have to come down here & see me. You do not know how hard it is to get a Furlough, If I were Sick, it would be different.
No News from the Pay Master yet, I am afraid we shall not see him yet in awhile. I do know what [T...] you mean If it is Hunter, it is a mistake, he is here, all right. That man from the 39th had had his Trial and Sentence, but we do not know what it is, the Sentence has gone to Washington, for the Presidents Approval, when it is returned, then we shall know. I want to see the Man Shot, He will most likely be Shot, before the Regts.
You ask me if we hear the News from Washington, we do hear the Rumors but nothing different, unless we get the Chronicle only 10cts. The Detail for the Color Guard, has not been read yet, when I have a talk with the Capt I can tell what to do, & not before, There are a great many advantages in belonging to the Guard but there would be many more, in being Sergt. I just like Capt Holmes stand the first chance of Promotion, The report about reducing the [ ] of the non & Commissioned Officers is all Bosh, I do not think there is anything in it
Love to all
Will write tomorrow