Yours Affectionately – December 17-19, 1862

Yours Affectionately – December 17-19, 1862

Camp of 120th Regt NYS

near Falmouth Va

Dec 17th 1862

My dear wife

The mail is just starting and I have written a letter to mother detailing the events of our fight & requesting her to forward it to you.

I have but a moment to say that we have been engaged in a five days fight before Fredericksburgh, have crossed the river, and find it necessary to retreat to our former position on this side, which we have done in perfect order.

I am well. The postman is here.

Yours afftly

C D Westbrook

You will receive a letter with next mail.


Camp of 120th Regt NYS

near Falmouth Va

Dec 19th 1862

My dear wife

As you have doubtlessly heard by the papers as well as by letter from me, we have had a battle commencing on Thursday last, and ending on Monday night with our evacuation of the ground we had gained across the river. The brigade Post boy came unexpectedly to our line on Monday when I pencilled a few lines to Mother requesting her to send them to you. Again when we had returned to our camp I wrote a detailed account of our movements requesting her also to send it on to you, at the same time with a few moments left to me writing you a line to assure you of my safety. We were since informed that these mails were detained at Acquia Creek. The Post Boy has just shoved his head into my tent to inform me that the mail will again leave at 7 1/2 oclock tomorrow morning & although it is late in the evening I at once avail myself of the opportunity for sending you a letter.

A twice told tale is tedious. I will therefore assume that you have received my letters & by them & the papers have been well posted as to the fight. It is easy enough for me to say that I did my duty & that thus know the fact as well as myself. Indeed it was a matter of surprise for me to feel so little the solemnity of the occasion.

The word is now that our Division is to return to Alexandria although the order has not yet been issued. However this may be. Col Sharpe is to leave in a few days with a leave of absence of fifteen days. After his return comes my turn, which again will depend upon receipt of my pay. Our Regiment has not been paid off since we left Kingston.

You must judge for yourself whether you will return to Kingston when I get my leave of absence, for I cannot well spare the time or money to visit you at the North. In the first place I must premise that it is doubtful whether & when & for how long a time I can get such leave, and I cannot well count upon a space of time sufficient to visit New Hampshire. If you make up your mind to return to Kingston you may wait to hear to what extent I have been successful & until I am able to send to you the necessary funds.

It is very cold tonight. I sit in my Wall tent by a comfortable fire, but outside the soldiers are shivering in their shelter tents & the line officers in their common soldier tents. The suffering will be terrible if this Northerly wind brings any such weather as it would do in New York.

I hope that you and the children are comfortable. Kiss them for me & ask them what I must bring them if my life & health are spared & the opportunity given to me to visit them. Remember me to your family & believe me.

Yours Afftly


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