Chatleic Station Nov 3, 1863
I have not received any letter from home now for some time and am getting quite lonesomb and am going to make a big strike for furlow guess I can get one in the course of two month & want to know if you think Mr May will be ellicted Gov & when the ellection comes off. & do you know whether he does any business now for military men. Our captain has got a very high position in Washington! he is Judge Advicate of Court Marshalls. he receives $18 a month extra also $1.50 a day extra and I shall as soon as we get our pay go to Washington and think I can then get a furlow. our 1st Lt arrived last night from Wash. for which I was much pleased. I want to know if it does not take a great while for my letters to get home it seams as though I rote often enough & when I get an answer it is to letters I wrote most a month before. Your letters come through very quick some in 4 days & some in three but my letters eo must be most two weeks in getting home I guess. we have been in the rear of the army quite a while but guess that we will get shoved ahead soon. at least I hope so I hate this C chaseing Mosby & Whites Gorilies all over the part of the Country which never amounts to a hill of beans. I guess by the movment of things they calculate that we shall winter on the other side of the Rapahanoc. Oh I would just like to get over again in the vicinity of Colpeper again & I think we could make ourselves comfortable once more. I want to see the army live on the citizens then perhaps they wont harbor. & protect old Mosby so much.
Nov 6th 1863. I will now continue. I have received a letter from you telling about the draft & should like to see all my brother soldiers from Kal with Unkle Sams britches on down here fighting for their country. John Glover of the 5th is not a prisoner but all right. We have had (right smart of a time since I began this letter & that night of the 3d at 1 oclock evry man turned out packet up & started for Falmouth Well we went there & went up onto the hights of Fredricksburg & then started back. I left my White horse in camp & took another one & the night we left Falmouth he gave out & I left my saddle & some of my things. you might have seen me in my stocking feet at the rear of the colm walking the best I knew how. I walked & kept up 25 miles & got here when the Reg did. this is the first footing that I have had to do we took one prisoner & lost 4. I had a pair of new boots & they hurt my feet so I was obliged to take them off. When I got here I found my feet were rather sore but I guess I shall come out all right. This camp is only two miles from the old camp a Warrington Junction the first camp I ever went into in Verg. I went when at Falmouth to our old camp there & it seemed like going home altho we did not stay but a week or so there yet it is so strange for us to stay that length of time in one place that we all wonder what is going to happen. I guess you forgot to send a stamp last time please send one evry time & sometimes two so I can write to others we can not buy them here.
From your aff son, Spencer
I wish you would make me a Kneedle Book & send it by mail & put a lot of Guttapercha Buttons in I don’t see as we are ever going into winter quarters Please put in small Scissors & lots of thread & all big needles & also a [illegible] of tea we have not had any for two months. Tell sis that I have the largest hat and the longest pair of boots and the best horse in the world. Spen