Oct 22nd 61
I now take the Opportunity to write a few lines to let you know that I am well and I hope to find you same I received your letters and was very glad to hear from you I am very glad to hear that you have got home I was out on picket the night your letters arrived so I did not get them till the next night we expect to move from here before a great while the rebels have fallen back as far as fairfax court house and there make a stand but we are going to drive them from there it is only about 7 miles from here they are trying to get us into another bull run scrape but they wont do it you may expect to hear of a great battle before a great many weeks the rebels are going to keep falling back till they get to Manassas gap there they make a stan and give us battle if they loose that they are defeated they are gone up there was a rumer in camp the other day that one of the Enemys ships had run our our blockade they hadant been gone a great while before 2 of our men of war took out after them it is expected that Gen’l BeuraGuard [Beauregard] and Jef. Davis was in that ship and were leaving for England we had some very distinguished Visiters the Other day they were General McClellan and his wife and his staff the Princess Clotilda and her suite and the secretary Cameron they were present at the trial of our big rifled canons they were tossing some shell over into rebel camp I will now tell you about the money we dont get our pay untill the first of next month when I do get it I will send it home it is rather dificult sending money home there are so many light fingered ones I wish if you had postage stamps at home you would send me some I cant write another letter untill I get some I havent got any money to get any but I cant think of anymor at present kiss the children for me my best love to you.
from your Affectioanate son Forrest
Give my Respects to all the young Folks
my love in return to Edna & Martha tell them to write
Direct your letters to Washington D.C Company F 5 Regt Vermont Volunteers Camp Griffin in care Capt E S Stowell
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