"FROM THE 13th REGIMENT CAMP WIDOW VIOLET, Va. APRIL 5th, 1863 MR. EDITOR: --- A number of the Newsdealer dated March 19th is before me. In which I find an article from a member of the Regiment, in which it states that the 13th, is called the sneaky 13th. But sir, I am not aware that any such title has ever been applied to us; neither has the regiment done anything of this kind. But on the contrary, we have endured more hardships than any other Regiment in the Brigade.
"A short time since Col. Blunt received orders to send a Regiment in this vicinity to do picket duty, the place is one that has often been visited by guerrilla parties of the enemy. Now I would like to know why the 13th was ordered here, if they are considered sneaky fellows. I do not like the idea of having my noble Regiment called sneaks.
"If you deem this worthy of publication, it may not be uninteresting to state the reason of our camp being called "Camp Widow Violet". The camp is located on the farm of a lady of that name, and our mirthful Col. (who, by the way, is much respected by his men), gave the camp the name of the proprietor of the soil. The regiment is in good condition now. There are but few in the hospital, and nearly all are on duty.
"The past two or three days the weather has been quite severe here. This morning there was nearly one half foot of snow on the ground. At the time of writing it is nearly all disappeared making it quite muddy and disagreeable." ~ R. BESSEY; Co. G., LAMOILLE NEWSDEALER: APRIL 16, 1863