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Yours Affectionately – November 11, 1862

Yours Affectionately – November 11, 1862

Camp of 120th Regt N. Y. S. near Manassas Junction Nov 11th 1862 Dear Mother We left Centreville last Thursday marching through this place to Bristow where we camped for the night & remained there over Friday, when we had a severe snow storm lasting through the day. On Saturday we marched to Warrenton Junction passing through Cattless. On Sunday night we returned to this place where we have since camped. I have received letters from Kingston in answer to…

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Yours Affectionately – November 5, 1862

Yours Affectionately – November 5, 1862

November 5th 1862   We received marching orders this afternoon to join the Regiment at Manassas Junction and not having an opportunity to send the letter as yet I open it to communicate this additional news. Our men have built very comfortable board huts for themselves in which they could remain for the winter, while around us are the log huts which quartered some 10,000 rebels last winter. Our men have collected already quite a number of good muskets &…

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Yours Affectionately – November 4, 1862

Yours Affectionately – November 4, 1862

Headquarters 120th Regt N.Y.S. Centreville Va Nov 4th 1862   My dear wife Last Saturday our Division was ordered to take the field. We marched in the evening to Annandale; barracked for the night without shelter or fire; started at day break the next morning and reached this place in the afternoon where our Regiment was left while the Division moved forward. Col. Sharpe is in command of the Post. His duties occupy his whole time. Today he transferred to…

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Yours Affectionately – October 26, 1862

Yours Affectionately – October 26, 1862

From Yours Affectionately,  C. D. Westbrook   Compiled by: Gary M. Ingersoll, Ph.D. Camp of 120th Regt N.Y.S. near Fairfax Semy Va Sunday Oct 26th 1862 Dear Harriet Your letter of the 19th was duly received. We are still on the same spot upon which we encamped after our return from Upton’s Hill, although we have been daily expecting to remove across the creek to more favorable ground for health about a quarter of a mile distant. The nights have…

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Yours Affectionately – October 19, 1862

Yours Affectionately – October 19, 1862

From Yours Affectionately,  C. D. Westbrook   Compiled by: Gary M. Ingersoll, Ph.D. Camp 120th Regt N.Y.S. near Fairfax Seminary Va Oct 19th 1862   Dear Harriet I received your letter from Portland last night at the same time with another from Mary who desires a carte de visite[1] of me with my high topped boots on. It seem that Van Santvoord has been writing for the Argus a letter from our Camp in which he mentions the aforesaid boots….

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Yours Affectionately – October 12, 1862 (Two Letters)

Yours Affectionately – October 12, 1862 (Two Letters)

From Yours Affectionately,  C. D. Westbrook   Compiled by: Gary M. Ingersoll, Ph.D. Headquarters 120th Regt N.Y.S. Camp at Uptons Hill Va Oct 12th 1862 Dear Mother We are here after another change of Camp. Arriving with the rear guard last evening too late to do more than hastily put up a tent I have been busily engaged today in putting my household in order and after a supper of tomatoes with wheat cakes & a cup of first rate…

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Yours Affectionately – October 11, 1862

Yours Affectionately – October 11, 1862

From Yours Affectionately,  C. D. Westbrook   Compiled by: Gary M. Ingersoll, Ph.D. Camp of 120th Regt NY Near Manassas Junction Va Sunday Oct 11th 1862   My dear wife   We left Centreville on Thursday last and marched through this place to Bristow where we camped for the night. After our halt I was sent out with over 200 men for picket duty & after posting them went to sleep pretty tired. In the meantime the 3rd Brigade went…

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Yours Affectionately – October 9, 1862

Yours Affectionately – October 9, 1862

From Yours Affectionately,  C. D. Westbrook   Compiled by: Gary M. Ingersoll, Ph.D. Headquarters 120th Regt N.Y.S. Camp near Fairfax Seminary Oct 9th 1862 My dear wife I received your letter last Sunday and am glad that you have found so favorable an opportunity for going home & trust that you are safely in Boston or Portland. I wrote to Mother last Monday from Washington where I had gone to see about the enlisting pay rolls to engineers whether you…

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Yours Affectionately – September 29, 1862

Yours Affectionately – September 29, 1862

From Yours Affectionately,  C. D. Westbrook   Compiled by: Gary M. Ingersoll, Ph.D. Washington Monday Sep 29th 1862   My dear wife I came to Washington again this morning & was successful in getting my pay as adjutant, though I did not succeed in getting pay for the rest of the officers. It is very expensive to live in Washington. Board $2.75 per day. Housekeeping $1.00. You seemed so anxious to get home that I have driven the matter to…

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Yours Affectionately – September 27, 1862

Yours Affectionately – September 27, 1862

From Yours Affectionately,  C. D. Westbrook   Compiled by: Gary M. Ingersoll, Ph.D. Washington Saturday 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…

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