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2nd Vermont Infantry

Francis Finnegan


Camp Griffin, Nov. 4, 1861

DEAR FRIEND: There has been little change in camp for a great while, only our long spell of nice weather terminated in a good rain-storm of twenty-four hours. The leaves are falling fast, making a splendid carpet all over camp.

One of the boys of Co. H. died this morning of typhoid fever; four or five have died out of the 5th regiment. The 5th seems to be in a low state of health.

Phi Crowell and Hiram Davis are well. I saw them a few days ago. I understand that Capt. Benton and Lieut. Summer are both well. I have not seen them for a long time. We have cut the cheese, and find it to be elegant. I hardly expected a sage cheese. I hope you have not robbed yourself.

When I was on picket, on Saturday we had a regular fall rain. It stopped raining in the night and came off cold; but I was in the reserve, and made a bed of rails. I had a good supply of blankets, and had not the least idea of freezing. I slept tolerably comfortable about half the night, and as soon as daylight began to show in the east, I took a bee-line for camp, on a "double-quick." Generally, the guard is marched in, in order; but it was so wet and cold that the officers let the men go in cross-lots.

You ask about Sunday, in camp. There is no drill, and sometimes there is a meeting in the afternoon, and inspection in the morning. Some spend part of the day in visiting other regiments.

Yesterday, our company exchanged guns. We gave up our Enfield Rifles, along with another company, to supply the several recruits in other companies.. We have got some very good looking guns, (Springfield Muskets, rifled), with improved locks and sights. We went out to try them today, and made very good shots. The balls are very large for a rifle, and if one should hit a rebel almost anywhere in the body, it would be sure death; but the boys would rather have the light Enfield Rifle. We have the promise of the latest style Springfield, as soon as they can be got.

EVENING:- Been out on battalion drill and dress parade; ate supper, and can write. The rain and wind seems to be over with for the present, and the weather has settled down into pleasant autumn sunshine. The mud is drying up in the roads, and we are waiting patiently for that fleet which sailed from Fortress Monroe one week ago. John Roddy and Terrence Roddy are well. J. Roddy is on regimental guard today.

Give my best to all, and believe.

Your True Friend,

Frances Finnegan

Submitted by Deanna French.

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