Address No 1
Camp near Warrenton
Oct 31st 11 AM 63
Charles Henry Augustus
Well Charlie, here is the first, of a series of Letters, I shall address to you. Now my Son, be steady, take the place of your oldest Brother in all things at Home. Now what do you think of this order, we can not cook our Dinners until the Bugle sounds nor after such a time. no cooking between meals.
Lieut Green told me last night, that, Col Mac ordered me to act as Sergt, in the Co, & that I should have the first Promotion. He said I should be Promoted the first one. If the Co is filled up, I think I shall be Orderly, the way things look here, it will be nothing else. I think Capt Holmes will be in the Invalid Corps, Green will be Capt, Charlie Cook, 1st Lieut & Catlin, 2dn. At any rate, I do not expect to get anything now. Green says I shall draw pay from 25th of June, when I get my Promotion.
We have got 13 men for Duty, though we only turn out, 7 or 8, for Drills. I can not tell how long we shall lay here, I think however we shall soon go into Winter Quarters. the Rail Road, now is open, to Warrenton, so we shall soon Draw Soft Bread, & get our Mail regular.
I wish you would tell Father, to send me a leather Watch Guard my chain is broken, I broke my Crystal out, last night laying on it. I am afraid I shall not be able, to send you the V I owe you, this Pay Day, Nearly $30,00 will come out of my Pay, for Extra clothing. I wish you would send me a good Pocket knife, you know mine was stolen. Also send me, 2 lbs, of — you know what, it is worth $3,00 per pound here. Things are moving along all right in Camp, in our Dig Tents, I wish you could see us come out of our holes, It rained all night last night, I tell you it was fun,
I will try & get you a Revolver, in the next Fight, now Charlie I want you to write, me a great deal oftener, than you did before, tell me all the news, Send me a Waverly Magazine, once in a while. I will make it all right, when I get my $75,00 Bounty, at the close of the War, I wish I could send you some money, but I can not. Wait awhile. Wait I say.
6 PM. The report is now in the Regt, that we, are are soon to advance, to Richmond some say tomorrow, Some of the Officers think we shall yet go to Chatanooga Tennessee, I would rather go there than Fight in Virginia.
I will write, every day or two, until this is settled. Give my love to all