Camp Griffin, Smith’s Division
Tuesday, October 1861
I again write you from this place. I supposed we would go yesterday but am happily disappointed. Edson is on the gain. He begins to have some appetite. I came in from picket this morning & I got him some oysters & they went first rate. They are very good for him. Edson says he forgot to send for a vest. He wants you should get him some blue cloth & brass buttons & have it cut so to button up to the throat. He wants blue because that is the uniform but black will do & put a pocket on the inside & button on it. Make the vest very warm. Put straps on behind so he can buckle it up for it will be pretty large for him now.
If Ann is not at home, we want you to get her for we are in a hurry. Edson needs his clothes now. The government will not furnish anything but cotton & we could not live with that. We want Mother to make each of us a pair of blue flannel shirts. Make them long & large. We want the shirts to be blue. Don’t get white flannel. And Edson wants a pair of drawers. Put buttons on & make them long enough & don’t forget to send my vest. Cut Edson’s drawers down behind & put in strings so he can take them up & let them out.
If Glines ain’t coming right out here, put all the things we want in a box & send them by Express & be as hasty as possible for Edson has got to have them forthwith for he has no clothing fit to wear & he must be attended to without fail. And put in his black silk handkerchief & throw in a few cookies & apples. Cut his drawers so they will fit. Don’t make them too large.
Mother, we want you to put in a ball of yarn & darn needle. Don’t forget his gloves nor anything we have mentioned for you can’t send them every day & we can’t get them here. You pay the Express & direct to Edson Emery, Co. E, 2nd Vermont Regiment, care of P. Pitkin, 2nd Vt.
If you can’t get the blue flannel at Tunbridge, go to Chelsea. Now hurry up & get the box here as soon as possible & keep account of all bills & we will pay. You may think we are pretty particular but we have to stand everything & we want to be prepared for it. I think we shall have to go forward soon. Don’t forget my vest. It is rainy today.
— Philo Emery