Elmira Barracks No 1
Aug 13th 2 PM
Charles Henry Augustus
I hope you arrived home safe, & had as a pleasant Trip down the Lake, as we had up. I suppose you got Home about 2 PM, yesterday, & not have to Drive hard at that. I came through all right that night, had a pretty good sleep on the Cars, It was pretty Dark when we got in, but I managed to find my way to the Barracks.
I have done nothing since I have been here, but lay around. This morning I went to the City, but there is nothing going on here. We have a Col in Comand of our Barracks who is trying to put on Style. He Ordered yesterday the Detachments to Drill, only 2 Drilled out of 16, I could not see the Drill.
I think if they do not soon have Different Arrangments here before long, that my chances will be poor for coming home again. We have 2 Boys here that have not been home yet, & if they only let one go at a time it will be 20 Days before my time will come again. No one knows what will turn up in that time. I hope however we shall have Different Arrangements, next week, when the Major of the 98th takes Comand.
I shall expect you Saturday night, & will be at the Depot to meet you, Tell Mother to Bake me, a Cake, currant Cake. If you come you had better start in the morning, so the Horse can rest at Geneva, then who ever comes with you Drive him back when it is Cool. I think you will enjoy yourself here, We have got a few [Students], here, as the Boys call the Conscripts, they are a peacable set, dont offer to leave us.
Tell Mother the Pillow is Bully, I have to lay on it all the time to keep it.
Hoping to see you soon
M T Stacey