Camp near Harrison’s Landing
July 22nd 1862
Your papers and little necessaries arrived here last night and they were received with much pleasure for reading matter is rather scarce down here, but I hope that I shall not have to use the linen that you sent me. But then I may for they do use such things here sometimes.
I am quite well at present and hope this may find you the same. We are rather quiet at present and do not have much to do but camp guard and picket on the outposts which are nearly two miles from camp. We have to go about once in ten days, one company at a time, and there are 10 companies in the regiment. Yesterday we were relieved and Sunday afternoon while you were going to church, I was marching along with gun over my shoulder, cartridge box, cap box, bayonet scabbard, and belt strapped on, and knife and revolver in my other belt, 24 hours rations in my haversack, canteen for water, and rubber blanket wound around my shoulders, and so you see I was ready for anything (but I had a spider too).
We had a very pleasant time considering the business we were at. The flies were ever so thick and it was very warm and we were glad when we got there. We were stationed on a little hill where we could overlook as fine a tract of land as one might wish to see. The corn was growing rank and it gives fine prospects for a crop if it was let alone. The wheat—a heavy growth—is going back into the ground and as far as we could see was a field of clover which our horses like to bait in. While I was out there, about 600 horsemen came bouncing through the corn in which they were hid but the riders heads were in sight, stringing along, and then—as if by magic—the field before us was full of cavalry, all busy baiting their horses, and then hurried back to their posts. But I am on duty today and must close or this will not be in time for the mail.
Please send me some Canandaigua papers. Give my love to all and write soon. This is from your soldier brother, — Albert H. Bancroft
I will send you some laurel flowers and some violets that grew on the battlefield but they are rather old and dry.