Camp near Fredericksburg
Tuesday, February 3, 1863
I received yours with Mary’s enclosed Sunday & the magazine this morning. I was glad to hear from you & also to hear from Gales Ferry. Mary writes a good letter. The magazine was just what I had been wishing for.
There is not much news for me to write this time. Things move in the same way as usual. The weather is cool, ground frozen, &c. Col. Lester of Norwich was here Sunday. He says the folks at Norwich are not as much for fighting as they was. He says Norwich was never doing more business than now. Francis Gallup is in the hospital almost helpless. He has lost the use of his limbs. I hope he will get his discharge.
We were paid off last Saturday. Payed from the time of enlistment up to the first of October. I got $21.30 including the allotment which is for $15 as you will see. I shall send the check in this. You will know what to do with it for you wrote me that Latham sent his money home in the same way. They got your name Allen on the check but I got the paymaster to alter it. You can see that it has been altered. I hope it will go through all right & that you will have no difficulty in getting the money. If you want to spend it, do so. If not, put it in the bank in your name. I suppose my box is coming. I am anxious to get it. My pantaloons has come to patching and I have patched them. I can draw a new pair but these will do just as well a while longer (Economy is wealth).
Corporals get the same pay as privates — $13 a month — so my promotion will make no difference in that respect.I do not think of anything more of interest this time so will close hoping the war will soon end. My love to all accepting a double quantity for yourself from your husband, — T. L. Bailey
Please send me some envelopes in a paper. I had rather have large brown ones.
[Editor’s Note: The following slip of paper is not dated but the content suggests it was written very early in 1863]
Sunday morn. 9 o’clock.
It is reported about camp this morning that Gen. Lee has given Burnsides six days to evacuate the camps and positions here. It is time something will be done sone. Charlie Gallup is well and is writing to his wife. Francis Gallup is sick & discouraged & thinks he is going to die but I think he will get better.