Annapolis Dec. 21th, 1861
I again take my pen in hand to address a few lines to you. The boys are nearly all gone gathering evergreens to trim the streets as Gen. Burnside is going to inspect the camp today. Gen. Burnside reviewed the whole division yesterday consisting of 12,000 men. We were reviewed the day before by the Brigadiers so that by all appearances we shall leave for “Dixie” before many weeks. The 11th Conn. arrived yesterday and went to camp above us near the 10th. They were a very good looking Regt. Indeed. I did not see anyone in the ranks that I knew. The transports and steamers are lying in the bay ready to carry us at anytime that we get the orders. The patrol have returned from downtown and the 51st Penn. have taken their place. Albert, the Lieut’s waiter, came back with the 11th. I would not be surprised if he took his old position as waiter as they liked him very much.
We have been flooring over part of our tent and dug the dirt away in front of it so as to make a good place to sit upon. Our tent at present is as convenient as any house. I tell you we live like kings. The company have been out four times target shooting but I have not been strong enough to go out yet, but I shall go next time. They cut the board pretty much to pieces the last time out. I think at the time they did better than any other Co. which is saying a great thing as the Sharpes rifles have always horns off the palm before. I suppose before many weeks we shall be trying our shooting irons upon some of the traitors between Galveston Bay and Fortress Monroe.
I received a letter yesterday from Ariel in which he says Carr has enlisted in Toy’s company as private. “Oh what a fall, for thee, was that my countryman.” The same may be said for Phil. I have heard that Scott B. Humphrey was married to a girl from West Hartford by the name of Steele. There is a man by the name of Trumbull in our company that knows him and he says that he knows it is so. He also told us that he had a brother die with consumption this fall and would not believe that it was not so. He had got the idea that Mark Humphrey was his brother.
I have no news to write that will interest you. There has been several court martials held since we have been here and the sentences are very severe for running the guard, insulting officers, committing nuisances, etc. One man has to forfeit ½ months pay and be in the guard tent for fifteen days, another has had 30 lbs. of dirt put in his knapsack and made to do regular duty. The punishment of being in the guard tent is more severe than you might think this season of the year, for they have no fire nor any chance to exercise and their food and drink consists of bread and water. A man is very foolish to think of breaking the rules for they are not any more galling than the civil law, but the penalties are much more severe. There is a fellow in our company close to our tent standing upon a barrel with a guard around him for insulting his corporal. If I had been in his place I would not have borne half as much from him for he insulted him every way possible before the corporal reported. Tell Grandmother that I have got a warmer berth this winter than I should have north and enjoy myself better. Respects to all.