Soldier's Letter, 4 pages, 8vo., Camp Seward (VA), Dec. 9th, 1862. John H. Came (C0. C, 27th Maine Infantry, died of desease on 1/16/63 at Alexandria, VA) writes to his sister on General McClellan portrait patriotic stationery.
"...I was very glad to receive a letter from you a day or two since for a letter from home it's received by a soldier out here in this god forsaken country with a great deal of joy.
I think this is the meanest part of the US I have ever been in. I mean in regard to the enterprise and intelligence of the people. What people these are remaining here now are an ignorant and insolent set.
The poorest people you find in Maine live in a good style and are much neater and more cleanly about their household affairs than the best of them here that I have seen.
Warren and I were out with our company on picket guard Friday night- about six miles from here beyond Bailey's Cross Roads and Munson Hill (of which you have read). It commenced raining before we got out there and soon after turned to snow and snowed til midnight- about three lines of snow fell which is partly on the ground now...
Everything had got so wet and covered with snow before we got our guard posted that we could fix no place to lay down but they allow us to build fires so we stood about the fires and...around all night. But we stood it like heroes for we were not a mite afraid of Rebels for then are none within ten miles- in fact it is not a regular picket guard but sort of a chain guard to give alarm in case the enemy should break through our our out side ground and perhaps partly to stop stragglers from our army which is out in front.
Five companies went out Monday morning to be gone four days..."
Came continues his letter describing that they're well fed and that their regiment has fared better in living and sleeping quarters than any other regiment which is camped around them. He also mentions that Sam Davis has resigned and will soon be at home, etc.
Some aging, otherwise fine. Comes with the originally postally used envelope (stamp removed).
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