Joseph Spafford to Mary Jane Spafford
You will see by the date of my letter that we have bid good bye to Camp Vermont.
We got marching orders night before last & started yesterday morning at 5
o’clock marched to Fairfax C.H. and encamped in the woods for the night. Started
again this morning at 8 and came to Centerville near where we are now stoping.
The 16th is the
only Regt of the Brigade here, the others stoped at Fairfax C.H. We are to stay here & do picket duty a week (half the Regt out at a time) then we go back to Fairfax C.H. & another Regt takes it, so you see our time will come once in 5 weeks. I am on the reserve to day. The line officers have got a good room in a house with a large fire place in it so you see we couldnt be more comfortable. The boys are encamped in front of the house. Az & Brink are stoping with us. George is detailed with the 12th for a few days so he is not with us Dr. Park is here. I stood the march tip top rode the Adjants horse part
of the way. I rather hated to leave Camp Vt. but now we are fairly out I wouldnt be back any way. In coming here we past a battlefield where we found plenty of bayonets, broken & burnt guns dead horses & I saw one mans head sticking out of the ground. Our picket line is out by the Bull Run battlefield. All the boys are well, not one of them ailing a bit. I presume George has written home to day but I dont know. I am feeling first rate and am glad we have left our winter quarters. It is now near 9 P.M. & I am going to bed so will close. We have got no mail or
sent any since we left camp. I shall try & send this out tomorrow. Good night. Love to Father Mother Grandmother & all inquiring friends.
Your Aff Brother Joseph Spafford