From Yours Affectionately,
C. D. Westbrook
Gary M. Ingersoll, Ph.D.
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 return to camp this afternoon and try it again on Monday. It is necessary that our officers get some money.
It is necessary for me to get a pair of shoulder straps. If I had the metallic pair which is at home, I could remove the bars and insert the leaf for a Lieut. Col.
In the trunk I sent home was a pair of cloth shoulder straps. If it is possible to remove the bars from them & insert a leaf, I wish you would send them by mail, which you cannot well do with the metallic ones.
Give my love to Mother & Mary & kiss the children
C D Westbrook