[Autograph Letter Signed] From a Union Soldier Stationed at Seneca Creek in the Fall of 1862.
Seneca Creek, [MD]: 1862.  pp. Bifolium. 7.5 x 9.5 inches. About very good, minor soiling along edges and folds, contents faded, but clean. Item #44821
October 13th, 1862, from "Charley", who tells his father about what his life has been like in Seneca Creek, Maryland, where he expects his Company will be stationed for some time. The previous Friday, they had marched to Edwards Ferry to guard a pontoon Bridge. They were there for two days, when they heard rumor of a "Rebel Raid of Cavalry... trying to get back to Virginia... we were ordered back here again as it was expected they would try to cross here and take the Provisions with them. But they crossed about a mile above here our troops being about two hours late to stop them."
Charley shares some news about his encounters with higher ranking officers, including his march with Lieutenant Blodgett, who was unwell and "kept his face to the front though did not see him look around to his company once we had a great laugh about it yesterday....The Captain arrived here yesterday he was the first man that passed over the road since the Rebels, he had to pay a man eight dollars to fetch him from Bulls Bluff only fifteen miles he expected to find us at Harpers Ferry the reason of him going to Bulls Bluff." He also tells his father about the resignation of his Company's Lieutenant Colonel, and how it was "... much to the gratification of both officers and men for he was tight all the time don't see how he ever got to the office for it was on account of being drunk all the time that he got discharged from the regular service."
Charley was likely from Vermont, as he describes Maryland as a place where "... fruit can be had with no work... get the Yankees here and they will fill their pockets pretty quick. But Maryland is not Vermont." The 10th Vermont Infantry, commanded by Colonel Albert Burton Jewett, served guard duty along the Potomac from Edward's Ferry to Muddy Branch until Oct. 11 and at Seneca Creek until Nov. 13, 1862.