3 March 1863

Newport News [Virginia]
Tuesday evening, March 3rd [1863]

Dear Wife,

I received yours of the 26th of February Sunday and the Waverly yesterday. I should have written you Sunday but it was too cold to write and then there is not much news to write so thought I had better wait and write about once a week unless you want me to write oftener.

Things move on in about the same style as usual, only they are more particular with us than they ever have been. The officers have bought white gloves for us to wear on dress parade or any other time when they want us to show off. My boots which you sent hurt my feet. They were too narrow so I sold them for $7.00 and bought a pair of calfskin boots that were partly worn for 50 cts. and had a man in our company that is a shoemaker fix them for me. His bill was 25 cts. so they only cost me 75 cts. and they are just the thing to wear here. So with my new pants and cap, and these boots, think I look quite decent for a soldier.

Some of the boys have applied for furloughs to go home and they are going two from a company at once. Six have handed in their names from our company. I do not know how long they can be gone but I think not over two weeks. I have some thoughts of asking for one but then I am inclined to think it would be hard for me to come back. I should have to wait until the six which have applied had all been returned before I could go. What do you think about it?

I received [my brother] Robert’s letter and was very sorry he had met with an accident. Hope he will be careful of it and not try to use it too soon. I am glad it was not his right finger but then he will miss it very much as it is. It is just about a year since he cut his hand and was home with it a week or two. I have not answered his letter yet but shall before long.

I received the stamps alright and have got three more out here so you won’t ave to send me anymore very soon.

I am sorry you have got to move for it is quite a job any way and then it takes one some time to get used to the new tenement. The things which you sent me are nearly gone but I have got some of the pickles, sugar, pepper, dried apples, & sausage. I do not think it would be best for you or Jane to send me a box now for we are faring well enough at present & then things are so high that it would cost considerable. So do not worry about me. Perhaps I may want a box sometime when we move where we do not get things as we do here. It is quite cold — ground frozen &c.