Again we got marching orders, for the Front, as we think this time. Yesterday at noon the whole Brigade had Orders, to be ready to move, at short [notice] with 10 Days Rations, 3 in Haversacks & 7 in Wagons, so last night we had our 3 Days Rations in Haversacks & had Knapsacks packed. There is a thousand & one Rumors, about where, we are going too, some say to the Peninsula , to join Hooker [&] everything else. In talking with Chap Brown last night, he says we shall most, likely see Active Service now. As yest we have not got Orders to move, but to be ready to move, at any moment.
I sent home 2 Wollen Blankets, yesterday, by a Mr Williamson, who was visiting here. If the US Mark is on them tell Charlie, to mark it over with Paint. These Blankets, I picked up, the 3d Army Corps, threw them away. I should have sent home more things, if I had, had the Time, If Jimmy Larue gets his Furlough, I will send, some by him. If we march I shall cut down what I can to a very small [compass] All I shall carry, will be a Rubber Blanket, 2 shirts, Collars (though I do not know how far) Tactics & a few little [Traps]. I shall not even carry a Wollen [sic] Blanket.
Barney & Albert, are going on Picket this morning. All the rest are well. I was a little disappointed, last night in not getting a letter from you, I shall expect one tonight. When we move from here, it is good bye, to White Gloves, then we will be Real Soldiers, not make believe.
There is no news in Camp, this morning, everything is quiet. Yesterday the Colonel [paid] some Farmers, outside the Lines, & brought in some Lambs, & a great many Chicken, they all came in Loaded
I will write as soon as we move
June 24th 63
Well we are in for it now, today we got orders to join the 2nd Corps (Genl Hancock) at Thorofare Gap, as soon as practicable Which means immediately. Most likely we shall go tomorrow. Today we finished, drawing our Rations & now we are all packed up ready to move. I have cut, down my things, today, that I am going to carry, just as much as possible. I shall carry the Rubber Blanket my overcoat, & half a Shelter Tent. As soon as my Things get heavy, away they go, I shall not kill myself, If I can not carry, two Shirts, one will go. The Old Troops, say carry nothing. We are to report at Thorofare Gap, where the Battle was Fought last Sunday. There is one thing the 2nd Corps, Genl Hancocks, is the Favorite, of Genl Halleck,
Now Good Bye Furlough, in August.
Harvey, has Turned in his Things, tonight, & is going to Washington, he is not able, to march. All the Supplies Property is to be turned over to the Quartermasters, to be stored.
The 3 Division, of the 6th Corps came in here, this afternoon, I think they will relieve us here, Tonight there is a great deal of excitiement again. Now we shall, see something of a Soldiers life, If you visit us in about 3 months, you will see different looking lot men.
June 25th 5,15 AM. Last night I found some Boys I knew, in the 122d, NY, that came from Syracuse. The Ladies have got to leave, today Mrs Holmes, starts at 11 AM. It will be a disappointment, for some of them, for as Mrs Holmes said, they expected, to stay all summer. We have got but 2 Sergts, in the Co now, for Duty, So I am going to act, as Sergt, for a few weeks, until one is appointed.
Now I shall be glad to hear from Home as often as possible & in return, I will write you everything, of importance. This will Blockade my Furlough & will fix me for my Time, but never mind that. I can not tell whether we shall move today or not, I think yes. Jimmy Larue, feels very bad at the Loss of his Father. I am glad to hear so good an account of Charley & Rosa
I will write often
Love to all