June 4th 1863
I received your latter of Saturday last night, annoncing your safe arrival home. I am glad you got through all right, & found things, all well at Home.
We have hardly commenced doing Duty yet, in our new Camp, The boys are fixing up their Tents, & the Streets are yet to be Graded, & Ditches are to be dug, so that we shall not be ready, to work, or get settled down, before next week. We were expecting to be paid off today. I hardly know, whether we shall or not. The Paymaster, has made some mistake about the Allottment Roll, so that he had to send to Washington.
I have had a lovely old Boil, on my Back, for a Day or two past, the first I have ever had.
Co’s B & L, leave here, today, to Guard the Rail Road, at Fair Fax Station. This is Just the kind of work that I would like. For then you are free from the restraints of Camp. I wish you could see, my Bunk, here, It is a Bed Tick, nailed on a couple of poles, & is a great deal better than laying on the Ground.
We now are having the Warm days & cold nights. last night, we all came near Freezing. Enclosed I send a letter from Rev Mr Brown, of Dansville. I intend writing him a letter, giving an account of my visit to the Smithsonian Institute. What has become of Mr Holt, I have not heard from him in a long time. The Boys are getting 10 Day Furloughs in the Regt now. The Col, has gone home for 20 Days, when he returns, we are to have Scotts Band. This is settled. Now we will feel better.
There is nothing going on in Front of us, everything quiet, out side the Lines. When I get the Pay, I will send a $1,00 for which I want some Stamps, I will write just as often as, there is any news
Love to all
Kiss Maggie for Me
June 4th /63
Enclosed I send you 10,00, & a 1,00 Bill, that I want you to get me a 1,00 worth of Stamps & send on immediately, as I am nearly out. We received our Pay, this PM, about 4, & of course were not sorry to get our $26,00. Write me just as soon as you receive this.
June 5 6,15 AM I think I will send $5,00 in this, & 5,00 tomorrow. I can think of nothing to write, there is nothing going on. Major Lusk has got his Silver leaves, & is now acting as Lieut Col. We hear nothing about the Major.
I will write again tomorrow
Love to all