Letter from Hunt , C. W.

Soldier: Hunt , C. W.
Allegiance: Union
Unit/Service Branch: 49th Infantry
Home State: New York
Date Written: Sunday, December 15th, 1861
Location: Washington
Correspondence Type: Letter
Subjects: Camp Life, Comrades, Family
49th Reg’t, N.Y.S.V.
Col. B.D. Bidwell, Commanding

Dear Father,

Yours of the 10th was rec’d saying that Frank had left for Cateaugay. Will says he sent the draft to him at Cataraugus.

I am sorry to hear that Horace is worse. If you would write oftener I should feel much more at ease, but I scarcely hear once a week. Have Sarah or someone write often. You have not written whether more abscesses have formed or some new disease set in. You can tell Had. that he is thought of occasionally here.

From accounts I hear that it is some colder in Candor than here. It has not frozen more than from ¼ to ½ an inch here. I have worked all the time in my shirt sleeves. Today I walked down to the Smithsonian Institute with the clothes I started from home in and was quite warm. I have not seen as cold a day as when I left home.

There is so much noise and bustle that I can hardly get time to write. I have no room at present. When I came from Alexandria my bed was occupied and I have to sleep in the store with about 6 others. I take one of the bedsteads that we have for sale spread on a buffalo and 4 or 5 horse blankets and sleep sound. After sleeping a few nights on them I have got so I can lie still and not get the clothes off. The bedstead folds up and is put in a bag 6 inches in diameter and 2 feet long and weighs only 7 lbs. It can be folded into a chair with a back or a lounge.

Will gets along about as usual and about the same can be said of the boys. Henry Smith has been sick a few days but is talking of going into camp tomorrow. Kelsey will write tonight. It is getting late. We get to bed about 12 o clock generally.

Write often,

Your Son,

C.W. Hunt