Wheelock G. Veazey to Julia A. Veazey

Primary tabs

Page: of 6
Download: PDF (7.18 MiB)
Camp at Fairfax StationFeb’y 4th 1863 My Darling Wife,

Page 1

I do not see why you complain of my short letters. I usually write on the largest sized paper and two pages, which is much more than 4 pages of such as this, which is as long as you generally write, so you see you have all your scolding for nothing, & that I write about as long letters as when I was flirting. Have been to Washington & done lots of business. Saw about every body as usual. Saw Mrs. Baxter, wife of one of our members of Congress. She inquired

Page 2

for you, said she saw you somewhere. Stopped at Willards but did not have our old room. Was not very well. Went to the theater in the eve but came out soon & went to bed. Came back to camp this morn, & have been exercising my horses since & feel nicely now I always want to ride horse back after I have been away a day or two. Last night was the coldest we have had. Suppose you are at Brentwood freezing. How foolish you are to go up there this cold season, & careless too. Expect to

Page 3

hear you are sick. You ought to be. You are undertaking more now than you could ever do when you were well. Col. Seaver has gone home on a leave of absence. I guess I can manage to get Dan promoted now. I went over to see Herman yesterday but they had moved the sick from that hospital the day before & I could find where he had been sent. Probably he will get a furlough soon. I found out the other day that I was appointed Col. of the 10th Vt. last sum- mer, but the Sec of War would not discharge me

Page 4

If I had been I should have a brigade now. The Col. of that Regt is in command of one, but he cant get promoted as he is inexperienced in the service. I should have avoided a fit of sickness too, as I was appointed before I was taken sick. But it all for the best as it is, altho not apparent now. I did’nt have so good a time in Washington as when there before, had no one to sleep with. Darling I love you. Some married officers wanted me to go out with them to get some one, but of course I could not go. You ought to have met me there.

Page 5

I went there when you came. I guess you dont care so much for me as you used to, do you! You ought to. You could never find another husband so true & devoted. You had better pay that money on yr note to Mary when you get it, except what you want to use, & have it endorsed on her note. I have been paid in part, & shall be again in a month or two probably & can send you some money. I send you now a receipt for $375, which you must not lose, & dont be extravagant because you have a little money

Page 6

I have to practise the greatest economy to get a little money ahead for you, my expenses are very heavy now, & you will need this money whether I come home or not. Have you ever said anything to Mr Emerson or anyone about your part of the [income] at home? Good night my love

Yr fond husband Wheelock