Third Battery Light Artillery Vermont Volunteers
Civil War Diaries and Letters of
Eugene William Rolfe, Tunbridge
Camp near City Point
Saturday, April 13, 1865
Hon Herbert Rolfe, ------
Dear brother, you kind letter of the 9th was received on Thursday last in which you said that you had received mine of the 31st. You should have received one or father should written the 9th. Written on two sheets of the largest sized paper containing an account of the battles to the left of Petersburg on the first and second of this month. On the 5th, Milo and I wrote to Adelbert, on the 9th to Charlotte, and on the 10th to Mr. Alden. They should all get to Tunbridge by tonight. I should think that father and Charlotte might have written to me this week. I tell you this is a pretty lonesome hole. There is nothing here like the front. The boys are all mad because we did not keep along with the army, but never mind we are expecting to be sent to Richmond within a few days. When we get there we shall have more lively times. That box had not come yet. I hope it will come before we move. Milo has just been here. He is well and sends his best respects to all. He is having pretty good time now as he is detailed as servant for Lt Taplin, our junior 2nd Lt. And has nothing to do but to take care of his horse. He got a letter from his folks last night. They said that the box of clothing had arrived. You will please get my overcoat, gloves and scarf. I wish you could have been here last Wednesday in the morning. There was a squad of 1700 prisoners passed by here and at three o'clock there was a squad of 9000 amongst then was General Ewell. They were the men captured at Berke Station. The next day, some of our boys had 4 days rations dealt out to them and were ordered to report at General Sheridans headquarters with 26 Horses from our Battery. There was about 400 sent from the 22 Batterys lying at this point. I should have gone with them if I had not been on guard that day. I should have had a good chance to have seen the country. We do not have much duty to do now. We have to go on guard once in about six days. Part of the time here and part of the time at Brigade Headquarters. But we have to be pretty straight when we are on guard. We have to wear sabers night and day. Even when we are off post. If caught with the belt off, the luckless -ight has to roll the spare wheel but I went to the Captain and told him that it hurt me to wear a belt much. He told me that I might be excused from wearing it when off my post.
We have inspections every few days and then we have to give the buttons a ---- and our boots a blacking. But never mind the Rebellion has gone up, and it does not make any odds what we do. I shall see you in 4 ½ months if I live. Some of the boys think we shall be sent home before that time as they have no use for this extra artillery. I do not care whether I go home before my time is out or not. I wish that you would write about Uncle Earls folks. When you write, I wish you would find out how to direct to ------. But I must close now. Tell Phiill and Paty Lee that I have written to them and would like an answer. Tell Mrs. Hayward that I would be much pleased to hear from her and Al the same. Give my best respects to all, Mr. and Mrs. Alden with the rest. Write soon and accept this with the best respects.
Your Brother, Eugene Rolfe, 3rd Vt. Battery
Contributed by Eugene L. Rolfe, Las Vegas, Nevada, great-grandson of Eugene William Rolfe.