Letter from Amoss, Cadmus M

Soldier: Amoss, Cadmus M
Allegiance: Confederate
Unit/Service Branch: th Infantry
Home State: Georgia
Date Written: Tuesday, October 8th, 1861
Location: Yorktown, VA
Correspondence Type: Letter
Subjects: Eastern Theater, Slavery, Warfare
It becomes my turn to complain of not receiving letters but in doing this I do not for one moment think that you have neglected to write. I am only afraid you or the baby are sick. I will be miserable until I hear from you. We are ordered into winter quarters six miles below this at a place called Cockletown. You may continue to direct your letters to Yorktown until I give you notice of a change. I am very sorry indeed to leave the pleasant place at which we are now encamped. I have seen so many things to interest me and have fared so well since moving here that I have become quite attached to the place. If you were only near me where I could see you very often I would be perfectly contented with my situation as long as the country needed my services. The time is fast approaching when I will be placed in a position in the company with which I shall be perfectly satisfied. It is not for myself that I am seeking promotion for my position in the company is a very pleasant one indeed. I am sure, though I say it myself, that I am the most popular one of all the men in the company. They all have the greatest confidence in me as a military man and in a social point of view. I would report this to none other but you for it would appear egotistical to others, but I deem it my duty to tell you everything of the kind. It is for your sake and Pa's that I am so desirous of being in a higher position. We have been placed under some restraint in the last two or three days on account of the beastliness of four or five men in the Legion in getting drunk. It is very hard indeed to be kept in camp on account of the misdeeds of others, but such is the strict rubs of military camp. The whole of the forces in and around Yorktown were thrown into great confusion the other night on account of a picket guard coming up from near Newport News and reporting that the enemy were landing in force nine miles below. It was between twelve and one o'clock in the night when I was awakened by Williams pulling me half out of the tent by one leg and screaming at the top of his voice, "they are coming sure enough now Mas.[ter]. Bad wake up! Wake up! Whars your gun." I got up as soon as I could and put on my clothes in the dark, found my gun and ammunition and went out and formed the company. We were all anxious for a fight but were doomed to disappointment. I had hardly formed the company when the Adjutant came round and said only the cavalry would be needed. The cavalry returned next morning and reported a false alarm, the picket having fired on some fishing smacks and fled. We are going six miles nearer the enemy, but I do not think we will have a fight anywhere near here soon. The blockading fleet has disappeared from sight. I have seen nothing of it in a week but think it is farther out in the bay. I visited a place of some interest yesterday for the first time. About three quarters of a mile below us and on the right of the York River stands the remains of an ancient temple. It is surrounded by a wall intended for defence against sudden attacks. Within the enclosure are several defaced and broken monuments. One only is legible and that adorned with the British coat of arms. The slab bears this inscription, "Major William Gooch of this Parish, died October 29, 1655. Within this tomb there doth interred lie. No shape but substance, true nobility. It's self though young, in years hist twenty nine. Yet graced with virtues moral and devine. The church from him did good participate. In counsel rare fit to adorn a state." Captain Glenn left this place for home last week and is there by this time. If you want to send any letters or packages by him to me he will take great pleasure in delivering them. You must send them to Atlanta and he will take charge of it. He will leave for Virginia by the twentieth of this month I suppose. You need not send me any other clothing than two linen shirts if you have them and the other shirt you are making for me. I would like to have a military overcoat but will wait and see what kind I want. I think I will buy it in Richmond with the new suit I will be obliged to get when I am promoted. You can send what eatables you please. The others were very acceptable. Tell mother all the boys liked her pickles and catsup very much and said it was the best they have ever had. Give my love to all the family and kiss our precious Henry.

Your devoted husband, C.M. Amoss