Camp near Falmouth, VA May 27th, 1863 Dear Cousin, Mary Jane I seat my self with the greatest of pleasure this pleasant Wednesday morning with my pen in hand to pen a few lines to you to inform you that I am a live yet and well. And also to inform you that I received your kind and most interesting letter and it reached me in good health and fine spirits.
Washington City Dec 28th /62 Dear Emily Two weeks ago to day we arrived in this place and we have moved twice. We encamped the second time last Thursday. We have got a good location were we are. Our last camp was in a low place and very mudy. We have moved about a half a mile from our last encampment. We have been very buisy diging trenches around our tents to keep them dry when it rains. We are haveing some very nice dry wheather for the past week. We have just broke ranks after falling in line for inspection.
Camp 16th Michigan Vols Near Falmouth Va Dec 27th 1862 Lt Col N. E. Welch Comdg 16th Mich Vols Col I would respectfully ask for leave of absence for twenty (20) days on account of sickness having been requested by Col Stockton to return before I was intirely recovered from my wounds received at Bull Run no field officer being with the regiment at the time erysipelas having set in
Camp Near Falmouth Va Dec 17th 1862 Dear Parents we are now where we from last Thursday morning but with 94 less men than when we started. We left here Thursday 11th inst. went about about 1 1/2 mile + staid until near sunset
Washington City Dec. 15th Dr Father & Mother I find myself in the Capital of the United States. We reach here Sunday morning at day light pretty well tired out. I assure you though our journey was tedious we had some good times. for the weather was Beautiful. We left G. R. Wednesday morning 9 oclock Our first stoping place was Toledo, Ohio We reach there that same night 12 oclock they march us in to a Forge Depot and had our canteens fill with hot coffee.