Yours Affectionately – September 9, 1862

Yours Affectionately – September 9, 1862

From Yours Affectionately,

 C. D. Westbrook

Col. Cornelius D. WestbrookHarriet Brooks Bellows


Compiled by:

Gary M. Ingersoll, Ph.D.



Head Quarters 3rd Brigade

Sept 3rd 62

Col Sharpe

You will immediately replace Lt Col. Westbrook now on picket duty by another Officer & the Lt.Col will report as soon as possible to the Head Quarters for Engineer Duty


His Sec (?)


McEntee & Hollister[1] have both seen some service before & I cannot replace you by any officer over them, who will help them

Assign the command to the ***

Yours G. H. S.




Headquarters 120th Regt NYS

Camp near Fort Lyon Va Sept 9th 1862

My dear wife

I snatch an opportunity to write to you from this place to which I brought the Regiment early yesterday morning having left the encampment between Forts Ethan Allen & Marcy on Sunday Afternoon. Col Sharpe left on Saturday for Washington sick. If I was busy week before last, last week I was more than busy. On Monday night until afternoon I went out with two companies on picket duty. 30,000 men & 20 batteries of artillery came down to our lines during the night & encamped in retreat of Centreville. The next day I was relieved from Picket duty by an order to go on Engineer duty & until the time the Colonel left was working the details from half a dozen regiments in digging trenches & encasements & clearing trees.

We came to this place on an order to join Heintzelmans[2] Corps, from Headquarters at Washington without knapsacks luggage & stores. Last night 14 of our waggons[3] arrived with the knapsacks & officers baggage & the moment I got a tent up I sat down to write to you.

We are assigned to Genl Grovers Division but not yet brigaded. When this is done our camping ground will be assigned, probably within a quarter of a mile of Fort Lyon.

The last letter which I received was one from Mother, I am anxious to hear from her & you again. Dont wait for me to write, but write twice a week regularly.

My health never has been better & I shall soon be so hardened as not to mind fatigue & exposure. As soon as it is within my powers I will make arrangements for you to go home. My love to Mother, Mary & the children & believe me[4]


Yours Truly

C D Westbrook

[1]               Charles H. McEntee, Capt, Co. H

Lansing L. Hollister, Catp, Co. D

[2]                Maj. General Samuel P. Heintzelman. The assignment is confirmed in Official Records, Vol. 19, Pt. 2, p. 197.

[3]                CDW regularly spells wagons in this fashion.

[4]                While this ending may sound strange to our ears, it is an ending that CDW uses with some frequency.

One thought on “Yours Affectionately – September 9, 1862

  1. I’m not sure what picket duty is but maybe it’s keeping the troops in line….it’s such fun to read these again…thanks for doing this Rob.

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