October 2, 1862
9 o’clock a.m.
My dear little Nellie,
I am now in Frederick City, Maryland. We arrived here last evening at 9 o’clock. I like the appearance of the place very much. There is several spires in sight from our camp so I judge they are a church going people here. I wrote you in my last that we had received orders to march that day (Monday). We did not march until Tuesday morning at 7 o’clock and then we bid adieu to old Camp Chase, taking our blankets with us but leaving our knapsacks behind to be brought some way, I don’t know how. I took all of the things that I held most dear. I took that Testament you gave me, our photographs, &c. We might just as well have brought all of our things as we came in the cars from Washing[ton] here.
We came into Washington about 9 o’clock Tuesday morning & waited all day for cars. There was so many regiments ahead of us and at night we were marched into the park in the rear of the Capitol and spread our blankets on the grass and went to sleep. And I must say, I slept first rate. And last night we done the same thing over again & I have not taken a bit of cold or felt any inconvenience from it.
We had a nice ride on the cars yesterday. I saw lots of things that I wish you could have seen. Among the rest, [I saw] some pretty looking girls but they were nothing to me and I do not interest myself in them as some of our boys did. But then one likes to see a pretty face. It does me good sometimes — especially when they appear friendly. We came over a part of the road that we took when we went to Washington, & then we took the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad. We did not have to change cars.
The land along this road is rough & hilly resembling the land of Connecticut more than any I have seen since I left it. We came over a bridge last night that the rebels destroyed some time ago. It is being rebuilt & is so that trains pass over it. The 5th & 8th Connecticut regiments are here — or what is left of them. Thomas [H.] Newbury has a brother in the 5th. He came into our camp last night. The whole regiment only numbers some 260 men or something like that.
I don’t know where we are going from here but have heard it reported that we are to reinforce Burnside but think it is all talk, &c.
I shall not attempt to describe this place as I have not seen it but very little as yet. You can find it on those maps of Latham’s. I think I am going to put a cloverleaf or something else in this so that you will have something from this place. It is reported that the rebels are expected here in force so perhaps we may have a brush with them but I think more likely that we shan’t see one. I have written you the whole truth as far as I known myself & shall continue to do so as I think that is the best way.
I forgot to mention that in coming here, we came through a tunnel that had been blown through a solid ledge. I should think it was 8 or 10 rods in length & looked frightful enough. I have just heard that we are bound for Harpers Ferry and that we are to take 5 days rations with us, but I have got so that I don’t believe more than half I hear. If we go to Harpers Ferry, I shall write you from there. Don’t be worried about me, hear what you may, but wait until you hear from me or from some of our company. All the boys from Ledyard are well.
You must remember me to all of our friends (I mean all). I hope Charlie & the other children will have the whooping cough light & so get along nicely. I can’t write to anyone but you now so you will let my folks know how I am &c. You must continue to direct your letters as before & they will come all right. Accept my love, best wishes, & a kiss from your ever loving husband, — T. L. Bailey
We are about 80 miles from Washington, 40 from Annapolis, & 75 from Baltimore. If you can’t read this, you must let me know & I will try to do better.