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9 December 1862

Hagerstown, Maryland
Camp Schoonmaker
14th Pa. Cavalry
December 9, 1862

Dear wife,

I received yours last evening and was glad to hear from home. My health is good as ever. We had a cold storm here on the 5th, 6th, and 7th—about 1 inch of snow but as cold as in Springfield could be. But we sleep warm in our tents.

I received them 3 dollars you sent when I wrote before but forgot to write about it. About the horse, you can do what you think best. If you can get rid of him, get someone to kill him for he will cost more than he is worth to winter him. I think you had better get Green to dress your pig. Will save you a good deal hard labor. About the calf, when it comes, do with it as you think best.

Well Emma, I forgot to write a few lines in my last letter but will remember you now. Dear child, I am glad that you have gone to live with Phebe. You must be a good girl and she will do well by you. And Phebe, you must encourage here and get her some cloth. I would write to her but paper and envelopes and stamps are hard to get here. We can’t get out of camp to get them. Remember Phebyan to me for the few lines to me and give my love to Norman’s folks all and to Hank and Sarah. I am glad that Henry is coming home soon so it will make it less work for you.

I have not seen Salnare this morning. He is on guard today but will write again about that box. I have to go on drill this afternoon. It makes a good load to carry our sword and carbine and cartridge box. It is hard work cavalry drill. I take my turn on guard every 3 days—2 hours on and 4 off in 24 hours.

There is heavy guns on the Potomac this morning but what it means I don’t know yet. The weather is fine here now. I hain’t spent but 5 since I been here—only for stamp and paper. Will try to write to the boys today or tomorrow that I may hear from them. Excuse my poor writing. I sit in my tent and write on a board. My love to all enquiring friends.

From your husband & friend, — Wm. Edy

Telegraph news just came in that Burnside has attacked Richmond and that accounts for the heavy guns we hear now. It is a continual roaring. God speed the day that the war may be over that we can all return home again. How long we stay here, I don’t know but don’t think we will winter here on account of wood being scarce. It makes a long string of us 12 hundred horses in a line..

John [H.] Sweet has been very sick but is getting better now and [Andrew] Bancroft is sick in the hospital. There are a number complaining in our company but keep about. Austin is well and [Lormski] Salnare. I have no more to write his time. So goodbye. — Wm. Edy

[to] P. B. Edy


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