Letter from Scott, James

Soldier: Scott, James
Allegiance: Union
Unit/Service Branch: 23rd Infantry
Home State: Wisconsin
Date Written: Sunday, October 26th, 1862
Location: Paris, [Ky.]
Correspondence Type: Letter
Subjects: Camp Life, Daily Life, Enemy, Family, Friends, Western Theater
Camp near Paris, [Ky.],

I again take my pen in hand to inform you that we are all well hoping these few lines may find you all enjoying the same. We have a hard storm here now. It commenced to rain yesterday about noon and kept on till four when it commenced to snow and kept on till this morning so when we got up this morning we found snow about 8 inches deep and tolerable cold. The oldest citizens that comes in to camp say they never saw such a storm this time a year. It keeps cool and blowing just about as it does in Wisconsin. I expect we will start for Lexington some time this week and the talk is that we will winter there. There was three Ill.[inois] Regiments came into camp here today and had to lay down in the snow tonight which will make some of them wish they were some where else. We are comfortable enough in our tents. The guard has the hardest of it. There is some of the boys sending home to Darlington for a box of boots and gloves so I thought I would send for a pair of woolen gloves and a pair mits and a little bunch of yarn and darning needle. We have plenty of good warm clothes, all we lack is gloves and that the Government won't furnish. You can take them up to Darlington and get them in the box that they send, and if you don't get them in time for it, don't send them for it rather uncertain business sending things down here. I have a pair of sheep skin gloves that answers very well in dry weather. I guess that we will have to stay in Kentucky this winter. The rebels have about all left for Tenn. so at the rate we are going we will never see any of the rebels. I have wrote two letters since I came here so I shall not write much this time and we have had no mail for near two weeks and I should not have sent this only I wanted to have you send me the regular gloves. No more at present.

Yours truly,

James Scott
Light age toning and wear. Very fine.