Head Quarters 1st Division
5th Army corps
Camp near Falmouth, Va. Nov. 24 (1862?)
My dear Sister Lottie:
In our office work we make a great many half sheets of paper which we fold as this is and make note paper of. As we have many notes and official letters to write they come very useful. I was folding up my half sheets tonight and they looked so tempting I was forced to begin a letter to some one. In selecting some one to write to I thought of you. You are indebted to me, I think, for one letter, but I suppose you find but little time for writing. I have nothing to write of tonight -- there is no news on any subject -- everything is dull -- nothing that looks like movement at all -- it looks strangely like as tho- we have failed in our campaign so far. Who's to blame? We are here stopped for supplies! Why don't the people make a fuss now.
Was there any more policy in fitting out the Army here, with the enemy in our rear and threatening Washington than to refit in the vicinity of Harper's Ferry? I can't see it, can you? Yet for wishing to do the latter was McClellan sacrificed or rather he was sacrificed to the people north and to the Abolition party.
O we soldiers in the Army can see a thing or two if we are only to obey our superiors. Burnside isn't to blame -- he means all right, I think. He was put in command of an Army which has been for us to move unprepared and be moved as far as he could, but at length found he could not go ahead without shoes, socks, and shirts and tents and over coats and pants and coats and above all not without rations. Within the week the troops have been two days without rations. There is plenty in Washington, but "red tape" was in the way, and no depots had been arranged at Aquia Creek. You see the Department in Washington can only be approached in a certain way and that way is a round about one.
I wonder if this war is to continue thro- another year. A year ago I had strong hopes of being home by this time. What will the year coming bring forth?
Write soon. Give my love to all and believe me your affectionate bro.