Philo & Edson Emery, 14 January 1862

Smith’s Division
January 14th 1862

Dear Brother,

We received your letter Sunday. We are well as usual. I have had a boil on my wrist & I have not done anything for the past week. The drill has not been so hard the past 3 or 4 weeks. It snowed last [night] two inches & has been quite stormy this morning but tomorrow it may be warm & the snow all go off & then we shall have all the mud we shall want.

The report came here that William Lunt was dead but we was all glad to hear that he will dread to come back. Lieutenant Whitney has resigned. I think he will go home next week or as soon as he gets his pay. They have been around today to get money to buy a sword to present to him. The Boys like Whitney first rate & the non-commissioned officers in the regiment are going to give a sword to Gen. Howard. We was in his brigade when we was to Bush Hill Camp.

Life is rather dull. The papers talk a great deal about our advancing but I think we shall stay here some time. Burnside’s Expedition has got off & the Western also. I hope they will make a clean sweep. Col. Whiting has gone home on a furlough of 30 days. We expect he will command the Brigade when he gets back. Randall’s sentence is to be reprimanded & under arrest for 30 days. Don’t think that will plague him much. Several of the officers have resigned.

We got our box last Friday. It was just 2 weeks coming. It came in good shape.

Sergeant Dewey has just come in with blank cartridges & I have got to go out & fire about 15 rounds.

Half past 3 P. M.  Have just got in from drill. Had as short drill & I have cleaned my gun which was quite a little job. Lieut. Col. Stannard has command of our Regiment.

The chicken & pork [you sent] was good & we are living in good style. It is cold today & bids fair to be so. Tell Mother I want she should see to my clothes & other things. Perhaps they will need some brushing up. I should think you would be more lonesome now [that] Sim is gone. We have heard from Isaac & Briggs & Lyman. All well. I shall send one dollar to you in a letter & with my State pay will make 50 dollars which you can let Putnam & King have my pay that I get here. I shall let the State keep at 5 percent.

I have allotted 10 dollars a month of my pay here to the State but I can draw it out at will. Keep the money dicker all straight so that if we ever get back, we shall know how we stand. I will let Edson write now. Love to you & Mother, — Philo

Dear Brother,

Philo has written about all the news. I have allotted $11 per month which will be paid to the State Treasurer at 5 percent. It can be drawn at will by myself or anyone else at any Bank in the State. I think that a very good way we can raise the money at a moment’s notice which is very handy some time.

Our State money that is due us we shall draw after the 20th of this month which will amount to $49. I shall send one dollar or more that will amount to $100. We shall send a draft on the Bank probably. Perhaps you had better take the notes separately as they will be of some account.

The box of victuals was first rate. Butter, sausage, sugar, dried apple, cheese &c. &c. The Memoranda Book is a good one. Very much obliged. We know how to appreciate such things here. I have been in picket once. We expect our U. S. pay next week. Write often & we will do the same. Love to all.

Yours &c. — Edson

Wednesday, January 15th — We forgot to put this letter in yesterday. It has rained all day. The snow will soon be gone. Tonight there is a court in our tent about a gold ring. I am engaged as counsel for the plaintiff. — Philo

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