8 October 1861

Elmyra [New York]
October 8th [1861]

Dear Sister Myra,

I suppose you are looking for a letter and here it is. I am as well as usual and hope these few lines may find you the same. We have not got our uniforms yet and don’t know when we shall. We have just moved but have not been to dinner. We march into dinner in double file and have all we want to eat and march out. About 1200 come up here today. We shall not be ordered off in some time yet and if we get our clothes next, I shall try and come home. But you must not look for me.

Last night I was on guard and it rained all the time but my cape kept me all dry and warm. We stand on 2 hours and are off 4. It went first rate carrying an old musket without any load in it and we are most awful savage. We have the best company on the ground but they are of all sorts and you hear all kinds of noises but they [are] good-hearted and will stand by each other. I think there is upwards 4,000 men in one place and another.

We are now at Southport. We marched about 4 miles with music and flags but it is almost too lazy to suit me. We do not have much to do but I shall get used to it. There is so much going on that I can’t get lonesome. But dinner is most ready and so I will close by sending my love to all and write soon.

From your soldier brother, — A. H. B.

Elmyra

Send your letter in the care of Captain Clark, Elmyra, Box 411