Camp of 120th Regt N.Y.S.
near Falmouth Va Dec 2 1862
My dear wife
I have not heard from you in quite a while but presume there are letters from me in the mails which have been only partly delivered during the last week.
We have joined the Army of the Potomac & am lying opposite Fredericksburgh two and a half miles from Falmouth. We are in the 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, 3rd Army Corps, 3rd Grand Division (Commanded by Hooker) of the Army of the Potomac, commanded by Genl Burnside.
The banks of the river, which is but little wider than that of the Connecticut at your place, are lined with pickets of both armies in full sight & easy shooting distance of each other. Numerous idlers also stroll along the banks, among which I was walking yesterday afternoon. I sat on a log smoking my pipe within the range of a Colt pistol from the enemy pickets, without any apprehension of receiving a shot.
Other than inspections which are numerous & minute, we see no signs of action operations.
Our march here was quite severe as for three nights we were separated from our train during all of which it rained. With excellent health however I managed to keep myself very comfortable. My health continues to be excellent, and that of the regiment is tolerably good. The 20th Regt lies only a short distance from us. They received yesterday their pay for the last six months. I am in hopes that the Paymaster will visit us before long when I will attend to your wants.
The mail is about to leave & I have not time to write a long letter. Kiss the children & remember me to your family.