Suffolk, Nov. 2nd, 1862

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Suffolk, Nov. 2nd, 1862

Dear Frank,

I am happy to tell you my health and spirits are first rate. I was detailed from the hospital where I last wrote you, to go to Fort McClellan 3/4, of a mile only to act as permanent garrison. They took 30 men of our regiment and 30 of another making 60 men (2 Lieutenants). They say we are to stay here for 2 or 3 months and perhaps during the war. My chance is rather better here than with the regiment, pay the same unless I get or last [sic], at present I am acting as head cook for the garrison. Can occupy the place if I chose. Those with us are the 6th, Mass. Mostly from Lowell. Some nice boys, men of travel and well posted in general knowledge. I have listened with great interest to some of their narrations. One, our Lieutenant of the Fort has been all over the world. Prefers the east of Spain to any other, is going their to settle, is engaged to a Spanish Dauna, I guess and he is about 26 years old lives in Cambridge Mass. Another was Provost Marshal at Fortress Baltimore and Fort Monroe last year. It was he who arrested Mr. Baxley at Baltimore of whom we so much in the paper. Confined with Mrs. Greenbough he kept a memorandum. Says I shall copy all I choose. I am promising my self a special treat when we get settled. Frank the beauty of autumn here surpasses anything of the kind I have ever seen. … …

….. 10 o’clock P.M. Have just eat Dinner, had potatoes boiled, bread and fried pork. This morning we had beans baked in a hole in the ground. We dig a hole 3 ft. deep, as much in diam. Then keep a good fire till it is full of coals. The beans boiled same as baking in an oven, put the kettles in covered with pans than heap coals around and cover to the top of the hole at night, in the morning they come out “bully”, says the boys. Last night I made a Draw on my trouble for again we made short work of the moonlit evening. Well what ever may happen I enjoy myself now. Now Frank, you want need to wink when you read of skirmishes, on my account, if they come where I live it wont be a skirmish. Today is Sunday but I never knew it until just now. You see we have not worked since coming here till today as the boys were busy, I did not think of Sunday. You will see by the papers our troops been out again, perhaps you are worrying about me. Now Frank let me tell you as before I feel a kind of confidence that I shall never have to fight. If I do here you see it will be different from marching and laying on a battlefield, here we are at home in a strong fort, hard to take, I guess. … …

…Well Frank I must finish this and get supper for the boys. Going to have some apples stewed, beefsteak, coffee for breakfast. The cry among the soldiers, what shall we eat, what shall we drink? But the boys are more contented and then I would suppose especially the rich ones for we have some worth thousands in the ranks.

Some have come they say just for the discipline, well that is not what I come for, though I have it, may be�if it does others. I came here to rescue my government and it depends on our officers whether we affect our objective. When we all get together again Frank I can tell you enough camp stories to keep you awake over night. Frank I think our lot is not so hard as many connected with this wicked war, let us be thankful. Trust in Him who doith all things for the best. Don’t put yourself out to send anything to me, as I am not in want. We were mustered yesterday for pay. Shall get it about the 10th instead they say. Now good Bye, be a good girl and I will bring you something when I come.

Same to our folks.
Orrin S.