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11th Vermont Infantry (aka First Heavy Artillery, Vermont Volunteers)

Aldace F. Walker

Fort Stevens, D. C.
Nov. 12, 1863

Dear Father:

It is coldish weather-windy-but yet fine in the day time-evening brings chill-and morning, frost. We were paid off to-day .. marvelously quick. I think Chase was right in going to Ohio to vote. I will try and forward a chunk to you the next time I write. Our regiment has grown so big that the paymaster can't get round in a day; and more are coming this week-quite a "respectable squad", Maj. Austin writes Col. Warner. I will tell you how many I get next time, for I presume they will be distributed then. I hope they will come uniformed, for I have not a very great supply of blankets and overcoats on hand just now, and those are rather necessary for bed clothes this weather. Col. Pike's furlough came to-night. I am going to the city to-morrow to get transportation for him and start him off. Col. Benton took rather a queer way to tell him of it-gave him a hundred dollars, and told him to give it to a man in Hyde-park. His eyes peeled, for he was not expecting it-"Why, where shall I find him?" We are all interested in the case, and very glad to have him go. Our court did not sit to-day-"no cases ready". Some on the docket for to-morrow however. I don't like your college plan so ell as Adams'-Agricultural and Academical separate-and so use both sites. Still, I hope some arrangement may be effected. I have not much to write to-night. I am very well now, and have not completely resigned my company as Goodrich did, on account of the court-martial. Still, I am not confined at all unless I choose, save during the hours of its session; and I suppose I shan't have to bother myself with Sunday training's. Mean to go into the city to a decent meeting. I heard from Uncle Tenney last night. He speaks of Hardy-wants some sort of place for him around our hospital; but I can't promise much. Our new surgeon is doing very well. We are putting up a new hospital building like the first, and so doubling our accommodations. Still delay about our lumber, though the bunk stuff has more of it come, and we have got a few stacks up. They are arranged thus: Bunks three tiers high-two men-four feet-to a tier-and all to be movable. We are putting drawers under them as sort of cupboards. With love to all,

Aldace F. Walker

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