Fairfax Oct 18th 1862

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Fairfax Oct 18th 1862

Dear Wife,
…my apetite has been very poor but is improving as fast as such food and cooking as we have will admit of we have bread that is tolerable good some time fresh beef sometimes salt pork with coffee and sugar beans rice & such things as the Brigade comissary keeps we can get at government prices which is quite reasonable except potatoes which are a dollar a bushel we could get butter and cheese if we wer able and do get a little once in a while butter is retailed by sutlers at 30 to 40 cts per lb cheese at 20 cts so we do not deal much in the article but our cooking is done by the capts darkey in a rusty sheet iron pans that look as though they needed sand and soap to clense them and is served up on tin plates half washed and greasy, the coffee made in an old tin pale without milk is about the style of our living, but we shall probably get used to these things and call it all right…
…One of the men in Co. D died yesterday in his capts tent adjoining ours… .his name was John Myers from Machias, aged about 25 leaves a wife and 2 small children…
…no liquor can be obtained by the soldiers the sale of it to them being stricktly prohibited so that thare is no drunkeness in camp…
J C Griswold