From Yours Affectionately,
C. D. Westbrook
Gary M. Ingersoll, Ph.D.
Head Quarters 3rd Brigade
Sept 3rd 62
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 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 Corps, from Headquarters at Washington without knapsacks luggage & stores. Last night 14 of our waggons 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
C D Westbrook
Lansing L. Hollister, Catp, Co. D