8 October 1862

Suffolk [Virginia]
October 8th 1862

Dear Sister Myra,

Your last has been received—also the needle books and papers—and I thank you very much for it. i should have answered it sooner but Sunday morning I heard that there was a box at the Fortress [Monroe] & was to be sent up that day, but was not, and Monday morning I took the Mail Boat and went after it and returned at noon. In the afternoon we started for here in the steamer Express and arrived at Norfolk before sundown where [we] took the cars for here and arrived here at midnight. And yesterday we arranged our camp. There are quite a number of the new regiments and I have seen some of the boys that I was acquainted with . They are all well as far as I know.

I found my boots in the box all right but the cheese was not very good. The syrup and paper were good as new. The reason that I did not get them before was that we started before from Yorktown before I could get them and after that, we have been on the move so that I could not get them and the weather was so warm that I did not need them. And now they are in the nick of time with no extra charges. Tell Father that they are well seasoned [and] are a good fit.

You must not think too much of my corporalship for it’s not worth anymore than a private’s place in the color guard. We are all corporals and so none are under me. You think that I might stand as good a chance to get an officer’s [commission] as Dave? You must look at the material of his company and see what for an assortment there was to pick from while all of our company most were fit for officers. I had rather be a private in Co. B than sergeant in his company.

I hope Willie has given up the idea of enlisting and stay at home while he can. The papers report a severe battle today but not the particulars and that we are victorious. And [I] hope soon that the last battle will soon be fought. This is a poor place to write and so I must stop. Give my love to all and write as often as convenient.

From your soldier brother, — Albert H. Bancroft, Suffolk, Va.

I will send you a ring made out of a piece of the Cumberland.

Wreck of the USS Cumberland shortly after being sunk – watercolor, ca. 1862,
by François d’Orléans