Feb. 27th, 1862
Yours of the 13th was received last Monday, but as I had just written a letter directed to Mother I have delayed writing to you until now. The mail steamer was delayed several days upon the sound at Hatteras to the no small disgust of us as we expected to hear each day that she had been got off and had arrived. But as all things must end sooner or later, so our murmuring came to an end at last and the long expected mail arrived. You could tell by the looks of the faces who had and who had not received a portion, the former were smiling and jovial while the vizage[sp] of the latter were lengthened to an alarming extent. I received four letters and one paper; not as many as I expected but enough so I did not complain. I have nothing particular to write as camp life is not very productive of news. The weather is quite cool; it usually rains every night but is clear in the daytime. My health never was better than at present.
I can eat at least a dozen stewed hard tack every day besides drinking over a quart of coffee and any quantity of salt horse. The Gov. of N.C. sent a small schooner with a flag of truce requesting Gen. Burnside to give him 10 days to recall his troops and if at the end of that time any troops remain under arms he will use his influence to proceed against them with force sufficient to drive them from the state. Gen. Burnside is said to have granted the request – if so we shall expect no fighting for ten days at least. Capt. Fowler got into a fuss with the Lieut. Col. at Annapolis and sent in his resignation. It just came back from Washington accepted and he is going home. I think he would be glad to stay as his company think everything of him. He was the best military man in the regiment and should have been Maj. Instead of Capt. Appleton. The only thing I know against him is that he did not come from Norwich.
Every indication of a protracted War seems nearly obliterated and I think if the Lord is willing, and the creek is not high, we shall be in old Conn. by the first of Sept. I should think you had quite a gathering of young people the other evening.
Give my respects to all inquiring friends. I quote from your letter; “Julia Goodwin was not there.” You appear to be much interested in the welfare of J.G. I do not see why you should mention her in particular as not being there. Were all the young people of Hopmeadow there but her? I am very sorry to hear that Mary Bidwell is so low. I had thought of writing inquiring as to her health. All Simsbury seems to be getting married; who would have thought that Sam, Terry and Henry Noble would be married in the same month? I will never be surprised at anything hereafter.
Give my love to Grandmother, Father, Mother etc. Respects to all inquiring friends. I received your postage stamps and was very thankful for them. You can judge how many letters I write for I have but three stamps left. The Sutler has got some so you need not send any more at present.
Co, Regt, etc.
Burnside’s Division This is sufficient
Your aff. brother,