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Yours Affectionately – October 19, 1862

Yours Affectionately – October 19, 1862

From Yours Affectionately,  C. D. Westbrook   Compiled by: Gary M. Ingersoll, Ph.D. Camp 120th Regt N.Y.S. near Fairfax Seminary Va Oct 19th 1862   Dear Harriet I received your letter from Portland last night at the same time with another from Mary who desires a carte de visite[1] of me with my high topped boots on. It seem that Van Santvoord has been writing for the Argus a letter from our Camp in which he mentions the aforesaid boots….

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Order and Freedom

Order and Freedom

“Any system of world order, to be sustainable, must be accepted as just–not only by leaders, but also by citizens. It must reflect two truths: order without freedom, even if sustained by momentary exaltation, eventually creates its own counterpoise; yet freedom cannot be secured or sustained without a framework of order to keep the peace. Order and freedom, sometimes described as opposite poles on the spectrum of experience, should instead be understood as interdependent. Can today’s leaders rise above the…

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Yours Affectionately – October 12, 1862 (Two Letters)

Yours Affectionately – October 12, 1862 (Two Letters)

From Yours Affectionately,  C. D. Westbrook   Compiled by: Gary M. Ingersoll, Ph.D. Headquarters 120th Regt N.Y.S. Camp at Uptons Hill Va Oct 12th 1862 Dear Mother We are here after another change of Camp. Arriving with the rear guard last evening too late to do more than hastily put up a tent I have been busily engaged today in putting my household in order and after a supper of tomatoes with wheat cakes & a cup of first rate…

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Yours Affectionately – October 11, 1862

Yours Affectionately – October 11, 1862

From Yours Affectionately,  C. D. Westbrook   Compiled by: Gary M. Ingersoll, Ph.D. Camp of 120th Regt NY Near Manassas Junction Va Sunday Oct 11th 1862   My dear wife   We left Centreville on Thursday last and marched through this place to Bristow where we camped for the night. After our halt I was sent out with over 200 men for picket duty & after posting them went to sleep pretty tired. In the meantime the 3rd Brigade went…

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Yours Affectionately – October 9, 1862

Yours Affectionately – October 9, 1862

From Yours Affectionately,  C. D. Westbrook   Compiled by: Gary M. Ingersoll, Ph.D. Headquarters 120th Regt N.Y.S. Camp near Fairfax Seminary Oct 9th 1862 My dear wife I received your letter last Sunday and am glad that you have found so favorable an opportunity for going home & trust that you are safely in Boston or Portland. I wrote to Mother last Monday from Washington where I had gone to see about the enlisting pay rolls to engineers whether you…

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Yours Affectionately – September 29, 1862

Yours Affectionately – September 29, 1862

From Yours Affectionately,  C. D. Westbrook   Compiled by: Gary M. Ingersoll, Ph.D. Washington Monday Sep 29th 1862   My dear wife I came to Washington again this morning & was successful in getting my pay as adjutant, though I did not succeed in getting pay for the rest of the officers. It is very expensive to live in Washington. Board $2.75 per day. Housekeeping $1.00. You seemed so anxious to get home that I have driven the matter to…

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Yours Affectionately – September 27, 1862

Yours Affectionately – September 27, 1862

From Yours Affectionately,  C. D. Westbrook   Compiled by: Gary M. Ingersoll, Ph.D. Washington Saturday Sept 27th 1862 My dear wife I wrote to you from this place on Thursday last & returned to camp the same day. Yesterday I rode up to the Chain Bridge to find some missing payrolls & came from there to Washington. I have been all the morning at the Paymaster Generals office, but as yet have not succeeded in getting any pay. I will…

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Yours Affectionately – September 25, 1862

Yours Affectionately – September 25, 1862

From Yours Affectionately,  C. D. Westbrook   Compiled by: Gary M. Ingersoll, Ph.D. Headquarters 120th Regt NYS Camp near Fairfax Sem Washington Sep 25th 1862   My dear wife I received your letter night before last. Yesterday I came to Washington to look after my trunk, which I ascertain to have been sent a week ago by Express to Kingston N.Y. as it has been examined by government officials, it may be as well to discard a few things. It…

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Yours Affectionately – September 17, 1862

Yours Affectionately – September 17, 1862

From Yours Affectionately,  C. D. Westbrook   Compiled by: Gary M. Ingersoll, Ph.D. Headquarters 120th Regt NYS Camp near Fairfax Sem Sep 17 1862 My dear wife I sent my trunk to Washington this morning to be forwarded from there to Kingston by express. It contained summer clothes and a Captains uniform[1] for which I have no further use, while the continual movements to which we are subjected render it necessary for me to contract my baggage. On Sunday marching…

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Yours Affectionately – September 14, 1862

Yours Affectionately – September 14, 1862

From Yours Affectionately,  C. D. Westbrook   Compiled by: Gary M. Ingersoll, Ph.D. Headquarters 120th Regt NYS Sunday Sep 14th 1862   I had written the above [the letter from Sep 12th], when I was called to some duty & have been unable to sit down again to write until today. After inspection this morning I have lain down, taken a nap & now have the greater part of the day before me for my own private affairs, the first…

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