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building winter quarters. We have got them finished. 4 log
huts to the company, 10 of us in each shanty. We have got them all fixed off
with bunks, table seats, fireplace and plenty to eat and I expect we will stay
here all winter if we donít have to go reinforce
Rosencrans. I hope that we will stay here now. We have got good quarters
built. You said you wanted to know who our chaplain and coln was. Our chaplins
name is Boardwell. Coln
James Gilbert. Lieut
Coln Jed Leake and we are in the 1st brigade comanded ???????
the weather is pretty cold here now but we let it come. We are
here first. I have got in with a good squad. We are all good cooks and have
plenty to cook as we have flour meal beaf pork beans rice sugar coffee tea and
such. If we stay here this winter we can live pretty comferible nothing to do
and the pay going on just the same and I think that we will all be home in the
spring. Your last letter stated that you have got that $30 that I sent and
I hope that it will do you some good. I have got????????????
Better if I thought that they would get through I would have
you send me a pare of boots some socks and shirts. This letter sais that
Darwin is ded. I expect that Eliza and the children feals verry bad. I
thought that Darwin would make a good soldier and stand it well but there is no
teling. A grate menny thought that I would not stand it but I have ben knocking
about for a year now from the north almoe to the gulf of Mexico on land and
water through mud and dust sometimes froze to deth ???????????
would like to know what they wanted with us out here in Ark. To
be sure we do not do much good here. The citizens are forming horse squads here
and I think that we will not have to stand picket after a while.
I will close now. Write often and write all the news. This is
the third letter that I have wrote since I have ben here so I will remember it.
Give my respects to all. Good By for this time.
V.W. Sargent Co. F 27th regt