"The 13th 14th & 15th Regts have got back. They went over near the Bull Run battlefield. Our Regt & the 12th did all the picketing while they were gone.
"Stoughton arrived here yesterday to take command of this Brigade. I dont think any body would have felt bad if he had gone somewhere else....
"I wish you could look into our house & see how comfortably we live. I think you would not worry much about us while we remain here. ...
"Our Regt lost a man last night, [ ] Moore of Co. F.* there is another** from the same Co. that Geo. says will not live until tomorrow morning.
"I dont see why I cant get letters in two days as I used to last winter. Now I hardly ever get your letters that are written sunday until thursday or friday.
"... There is nothing new to write but I thought you might wish to hear from us so I have written. George is going to write so I will close." ~ Joseph Spafford, 1st Lieutenant, Company E, Sixteenth Regiment, Letter, December 9, 1862, UVM
[* Hiland B. Moore, Dover, VT, age 17, PVT, Co. F, 16th VT INF, died 12/8/62 (typhoid fever), Alexandria, Va]
[** Beginning with Hiland Moore on December 8, 5 members of Company F died of disease by year end; there were only 2 deaths in the other 9 companies.]
"My Darling Wife,
"I have moved into my new hut & am all ready for you, so I reckon you had better come. ...
"Let me know in season if you come. I have no money to send you" ~ ~ Col. Wheelock G. Veazey, Sixteenth Regiment, Letter to Julia, December 9, 1862. UVM Center for Digital Initiatives