Barracks No 3 Elmira
Aug 27th 1863
I know you will be disappointed in not seeing me Home today. but I am not to blame. After this I will not write when I expect to come Home, then there will be no trouble.
Yesterday afternoon we were ordered to move over to No 3 Barracks, & take our Conscripts over. We got fixed up here last night. We are now about a mile & a half South west of the Depot, On Monday next we are to be Mustered, So no Furloughs will be granted, to run over that time, as all are to be here to Muster. I could get a Furlough, from now till saturday, but that will not do me. They will grant Furloughs again next tuesday, So I calculate now to get off on tuesday, if nothing happens. I am very sorry but of course can not help it.
I shall be at Home, the last Sunday, of Fathers time at Lyons, in time to hear that Farewell Sermon. I expect to go to New York, tonight or tomorrow night Which will be much better than Laying in this Camp. This Barracks is an awful Hole, Miserable Rations I cant eat them.
We have got now about 300 Conscripts here. I have had some liberal offers this week if I would let them go. We had Orders the other night on Guard, to take all Money that was offered to us, & then shoot them if they undertook to run. That I call willful Murder & wont do it. Money wont [hire] me, to let one of those Gentlemen go. A fellow came up to me the other night & showed me $150, & told me to take it & let him go, I could not see it.
If I go to New York I shall call on Barnum, & go through the Museum. I got a letter from [J..] Voak, yesterday, he wants me to come to Pen Yan, & he will meet me there
Hoping to hear from you soon, with love to all