May 5th 1863
I received your letter of the 30th last night. As yet we have had no Orders to start, nor does things look now like our going at all.
Yesterday afternoon the Col was Ordered to Washington, in a hurry. I think it was, with Refference [sic] to our going to Washington of just to join Hooker, we care but little which, though of course we, should like to be stationed at Washington. the 125th & 39th NY have returned they only went out on a Scout.
I have not returned to the Company, nor have I been detailed as yet. The Garibaldi has not been Hung, though there is no telling, when he will be. The boys are all wondering what the Col is Ordered to Washington for, I think something is up.
There is but little news in Camp, this morning, everything Quiet. Yesterday, the Chaplain shouldered a Gun, & Drilled in the Ranks, of Co K. He would make a good Soldier. I will try & write every morning, until we know something different about this. I hope this will not interfere with your Visit, for if you come this week, you will find us here.
Love to all
I suppose according to the Order, I lately received, I should have Directed this to you, but I thought I would Violate the Orders a little & write to both. I think if Father should come down here there would be not trouble about his Preaching to the Regt. I am sure Brown would not object. Our services on Sunday are changed now, we have Preaching at Sundown, before the Col’s tent.
We are having Splendid Weather here with Warm Days & Cold nights, Foggy Mornings.
I can think of but little news to write this morning
I will write tomorrow
May 5th 6,30 PM
I received your letter of the 1st, this PM & as we are having a regular Virginia Rain I will write a few lines. It has been raining & blowing most of the afternoon,& now it has settled down to steady Rain. This is one of the Rough nights, for Picket, Barney Albert H, & Aleck, are all out, I pity them
I am now sitting at my table, the Door of the Tent open, a good Fire burning in out little Sheet Iron stove, [Harvey] at my right hand reading the Republican, the Water dripping down, inside the Tent, & yet I am contented, I do not remember ever felling better, in my life, Why is this simply because I know I am doing my Duty.
I think the longer, I am in the Army the more I see of this Rebellion, the more anxious, I am to have a hand, in putting it down.
Tomorrow night I shall have been 9 months in the Service, it seems a great while, but it has been a short 9 months to me. I have been glad a great many times lately, that I did, just as I did 9 months ago. I think if I live, I shall one day be proud to own I was in the Army, during the Years of 62 & 63.
The Boys are all in high Spirits tonight, we have just got the News, that Gen Lee, is Prisoner & Vicksburg is ours. The Boys all think something now will be done. It seems now that, when we had Orders the other night to be ready to move, that Hooker, had a Fight at Warrenton, only 22 miles from here. We do not expect now to leave here, unless Hooker meets with Reserves.
One of my Best Friends in this Co, is James Larue1, he is a model young man, I think, He & I have always been on the best of terms. Jimmy & I take a good many Scout Walks, around the Country here. He is the most sensible of any of the other boys. I have got a Fast Friend now in Phillip Clouse. I asked him one day, if I did not owe him, a little money, Says he, Stacey if you owed me $25,00 I would not take a cent. Says he, Stacey I never shall forget, how good you were to me when I was Sick. He actually Cried, when talking about it.
I am sorry you have Defered coming down here, I think now is the only & the best time. I hope you will change your mind, before it is too late.
I will send Miss Stout’s letter in this, I had forgotten to send it before. It is a very nice letter.
May 6th 6,30 AM. Nothing new this AM. I always when writing home, over night, leave the letter unsealed so in case of any [Thing] I am ready.
Hoping to see you before long