June 11th /63
I received your letter of the 6th, last night. Last night we got the first mail, since Sunday, owing to some mistake made in Washington. Our New Major came last night, though I suppose he will not report for duty yet. It is reported, that he is to bring 200 men, for his Commission, if he does, it will nearly fill up the Regt.
Day before yesterday I went out to another Picnic, & had a very good time. There is no extra news in Camp today, I hope you have received the money I sent you, all right. Yesterday I go me a map of Eastern Virginia, it has every little place & Run, & is just what I have wanted, for a long time. Last night I went to a Funeral of one, of the 9 Mass Battery Boys. It was very solemn, The Coffin was carried on a Cassion to a Gun, & was covered with a Flag, The Cassion drawn by 6 Grey Horses. the Band Played a March, the Chaplain, made a few remarks, & then a Salute over his grave. It was the most solemn thing I have seen in a long time, Genl Hayes & Staff were all out.
Everything is quiet in Camp this morning, Barney & Al, go on Camp Guard & Aleck on Picket. Williams says he thought the Bread would dry up, & we would not want it so he gave it away. I got my watch from Alexandria, this morning, it cost me $1,7 to get fixed up.
Love to all
You want to know why I did not send for you, to come down here. It is not, that I do not want to see you, I told Father several times If we ever laid where you could come convenient I should send for you. You said you left to Gard x Guard, you are no Military Man, to spell it that way. Why didn’t you send to me for some Money, to buy that watch & done with it. If I can spare any I will do it. I think you had better manage to write me once a week, or down goes your Cook House