Bradford Sparrow to Alner D. Sparrow
First Letter from Burlington
Alner D Sparrow Esq
Burlington CommonAug 19/ 63Father;
I have just reported and shall be examined tonight or tomorrow morning and as I have the day before me to loiter about town I seat myself under a shade tree in the middle of Burlington to write a letter to you.
Monday night I was lucky in getting a lodging. Aaron Harris came along to me and
said I would sleep with him, he was roaming Porter at Stones I got some seat but
no sleep there was so much noise all night. In the morning I got into a covered
Coach & went off with out any breakfast expecting to be provided for at
Stowe but we all had to buy our 
or go without. We picked up some thing to eat at the groceries & was off for Waterbury in 80 minutes & got to Burlington little before noon. We took dinner in the barracks on the old fair ground. It consisted of Beans, Meant & Bakers Wheat bread and made out quite a meal. In the after-noon nothing was done with us. Last night I wrote to Albert. They are examining those from our district now.  Davis has been in & accepted & ordered to report here in 7 days but if he can prove that he has had the diarea since he got his discharge then he will be . Ira is accepted also. I think I shall be, I must close now I shall be at home if I can come
Letter No.1BurlingtonAug 28/63Anxious Parents & Brothers
I suppose you are waiting to hear from me & where I am &c. I got here and reported by dusk Wednsday, got my uniform the next day. I felt just about as I expected. I start for Brattleboro tomorrow morning.
There will be 15 or 20 to go. Two English deserters among them going as substitutes.
Wm. Swift is going with us instead of paying $300.
Hiram. Dire is here trying to get a discharge, he has showed his eye to the doctor, he nowcould not remember examining him & I guess he was ashamed to. Hiram has got a certificate from Dr. Ruble.
Our valise & clothes we take
with us as far as Montpelier Junction & there leave it directed to you expecting you will get it at night (Saturday) with my boots lashed on the out side. I don’t think of much more now only that I have been sewing this afternoon. I have fastened the buttons on my Pants & put a pocket on one Shirt. I will write again when we get to Br --- boro