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2nd Vermont Infantry
LAMOILLE NEWSDEALER: NOV. 8, 1861
A LETTER FROM THE SEAT OF WAR
DEAR FRIEND: I have not been able to do duty for more than a week, but am much better now, and hope to be alright in a few days. John and Terrance are well. I gave them part of the feetings. We have had a good time generally since the things came. I sent twelve pair of feetings to C.A. Reed. I could not go myself, as none of the sick are allowed to leave camp, but Terrance and Reed was very thankful for them. I gave to those in most need, as you directed, keeping two pairs for myself.
We are getting a general supply of clothing of all kinds. I have got a blanket and fatigue coat, and might have had shirts and drawers, but I don't need them. The supplies come slowly to our regiment, but more than half of the men have already got their new uniforms
We have been been having a series of reviews, for the past three days. There has also been a cavaly and artillery review.
I think the Vermont troops compare favorably with any that I have seen. The 6th is here, and was on review today.
I saw Philo J. Crowell a few days since. He said William was well, and doing duty now. Phi seems to think soldier life rather hard, but said he was contented. He looks about as usual.
The sun is shining brightly today, but there is a pretty cold wind, and the leaves are falling fast.
The opening of the Potomac, which the rebels have closed is, I think, but a matter of time, with our Navy, as it is to be believed but a "feint" of the enemy, to attract our attention from other points of more importance.
Our army will soon be provided with suitable clothing,blankets,&e. The organization, discipline and health is better now than ever before, and although we are subject to this eternal monotony of camp life,the men, particulary in the old regiments, are well contented, and one scarcely hears a murmur from morning till night.
It must seem to the people at home that we are doing little or nothing, but our generals have their plans laid, and will take their own time to carry out. I undestand we have over five hundred thousand troops in the field, and something must be done soon.
Submitted by Deanna French.
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