picture of General McClellan on a horse
“Stand by me, and I’ll stand by you.”
GEN. McClellan
Warrenton Junction [ND 1862]

Dear sister
I recieved your letter to day
was very glad to hear from
home once more,
I heard you had gone to
Dixfield but did not know
you was at home so have defered
writing hoping to hear from
you, I have not heard from
Cate, or Em, since you was
[there?] directly, I have been a
little unwell the past week I
am better now

The country is about [1]
Washington the Rebels
destroyed most every
thing they did not
take with them
when they fled [???]
[????] Manassas [2]
[page 2]
We are forty miles
from Washington ten miles
from the Rappenock river
which is the Country of Secssion
in this direction, Have been
here three weeks, insteed of
[???] being the Suny South
I think it more appropriate
to call it the Stormy South
for it has snowed and
rained most of the time we
have been here. Altho the
“Trees and flowers are all in bloom”
it is very cold and backward
for this place. The first three
days of our experience here was
any thing but comfortable.
Our Horses and ourselves had
nothing to eat the first twenty
four hours, no Tent to shelter
ourselves from the real North
East snow storm
[page 3]
The next two days got a little
to Eat but not much [???]
I want you to understand that
we dont live very high at eny
time I dont know what to
write there is so many things,
The Rebels get out of [?????]
peacably on this route the
most of their forces have gone
to Yorktown where there is
likely to be one of the greatest fights
of the war,
I think there is a good prospect
of this Horrible and desructive war’’s
being terminated soon.
This Regiment has not been
paid since the first of Jan,
that accounts for this dirty sheet
of paper,, and the postage not being
prepaid, but I hope better
times are coming soon
[page 4]
Fine Camp [3]
of this boy
are at
[H????] [to?]
of the other
[sen??] are
Where is your Chum Abbie, D
I see the Regiment that Oliver
is in have had some fighting
to do and the one that Mr.
[????????] is in see some lively
[times?] down to New Orleans
about this time.
I hear from Temple occasionaly,
Dan is building him a Barn
Mrs. Blodgett has been quite
unwell since Marg died.
[Loesa?] is to teach the school
in the district where the Widow
lives. Green is building him
a new store.
When I get some Gov scrip
I will write you a long letter
and tell you more about the
Old Dominion untill then
adieu From your brother F. N. H.

  1. Written in the margin beside the printed drawing d[????] from here to on the first page
  2. Last line illegible due to damage
  3. Written vertically on the top margin of the page
Date Note: 


Co. L, 1st Maine Cavalry


Residence (County): 
Oxford County, ME


From State: 
From Note: 
Warrenton Junction


To State: 
To County: 

Transcription/Proofing Info

Allyson Page Dale
Transcription Date: 
April, 2015
M. Ellis
Proof Date: 
April, 2016

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