Philo & Edson Emery, 6 April 1863

White Oak Church, Va.
April 6, 1863

Dear Mother,

As I have time I will write you a few lines. We are all well as usual & camp life goes about the same as usual. We received letters from Leonard & Briggs Saturday. All well.

Snow fell here yesterday 6 inches but it does not last long. It is one month later here than it was last year. One year ago now, we were close to the Rebels at Yorktown. We are now about 4 miles from them & a large river between us but we can see their camp on the hills. We have to stay out 3 days on picket but that does not come very often. We sent off our extra baggage the other day. We were expecting to move them but I now think we shall stay here some time. The war news from the West is very unfavorable & soon the Army will be so reduced we can’t do anything.

I think the draft will soon be made & then Vermont will have to turn out again. It seems pretty tough but rebellion must be put down. We have gone too far now to back out. We was glad to hear that Simeon had gone to live with you. Do you make any sugar this year? We have concluded to take the Vermont Journal & we wish you to put two dollars & twenty-five cents into the letter that you will receive with this & send it to the Journal man without delay & charge it to us. We have not been paid since the 17th of December & we have no money left & send us one dollar’s worth of stamps. We have five months pay due us. We take the Boston Semi-weekly Post & we want a Vermont paper. If the soldiers could have more reading matter, they would be more contented but I expect we have got to serve about 14 months longer & we want something to read. We were furnished with testaments last week. I had been without since the Battle of Savage’s Station.

It is cloudy & sold here today & guess we shall have another snow storm. We have done our washing today as usual. One Division was reviewed last week by General Hooker. We had never seen him before. I liked the looks of him very well but he don’t quite come up to Little Mac. I hope to live to see McClellan [as] President.

If you have not the money, you can raise it better than we can & we will send it to you as soon as we are paid. You will direct to L. J. McIndoe, Windsor, Vermont. Please send us a little black thread. We have to mend our clothes some. They have raised the price of clothes 20 percent. Give my respects to Mr. Noyes’ folks & to Simeon. I would like to have him write to me. I believe I have written all the news & that ain’t much. Write soon.

From Philo

[another hand]

I will send my old furlough which you will please keep. — E. Emery


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