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CorrespondenceHead Quarters, first Brigade defending Washington, north of the Potomac. 11 Reg Vt. Vols. Fort Slocom Dec. 5, 1862 Friend Hiram, I recieved your letter of the 17th in good time and was glad to hear from you. My health is very good and I hope this may find you enjoying the same. We are situated about 5 miles from the city of Washington. We are at work building barracks. We have got it nearly done. It snows here tonight. It is about half rain. The ground is all mud. I suppose you are going to school now. You must tend to the school marm this winter. I wish I was there to go with you. We would have a good time. Does Chandler go this winter? Elmer goes I suppose, and Gilmore. Do you play Ball any this winter? I remember how we used to play. Does Varanca make you toe the mark? What did you do Thanks- giving? Is there any skating there yet? We did not do any thing here till evening. We had a dance in the street. One of the men played on a fiddle. We had potatoes and Beef steak for dinner. The Boys are all pretty well. We are making pipes and rings. Rice has skedadled. He went away Saturday and has not been seen since. I guess we ain't any of us sorry. I went out on Picket the other night. Went out one night and come back the next, but did not see any Rebels. One man from a Company has to go out every night. I want you and Elmer to write me a long letter. Write all the news and every thing you can think of. Write how you like the school & what the boys are doing doen at the Village. Tell Chandler to write to me. I don't think of anymore to write. This is mostly the time for roll call. We have to all go out at 8 A.M. and answer to our name and the same in the evening. Give my best to all who may enquire. I still remain your friend, H. Buxton.