Byrns, William – June 10, 1862

Michigan Civil War Collection Letters

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Regiment: 1st Michigan Infantry

Battles Mentioned:

Historical Figures: Ambrose E. Burnside, Fitz J. Porter, George B. McClellan

[twocolumns]Games [   ?   ]
Camp near New Bridge Va
June 10th 1862
My dear Florence
Here still + with no
Prospect of a speedy movement.
Our Division is quietly encamped +
aside from picket duty + working
parties have little to do.
Today 500 of our Reg are out
on picket at New Bridge. When the
4th Mich. Had their splendid skirmish a
few days [  ?  ]. I was on
guard last night + as I was not
relieved until 9 oclock today I did
not go out with the battalion.
About noon I went over to
the 4th Reg + had dinner with
Charly Parsons. The 1st warm
meal that I have eaten for
more than a week.
After dinner we went up to
McLellen Hd. Qrs. + saw some

old acquaintance .
We are still in full night of the
[  ?  ] + our battle is just to the
front of our camp plays upon
them very frequently. The
rebels seem to take but little notice
of our shells save dodging every
time one of our [  ?  ] flash.
Yesterday Gen. [  ?  ] was in
our neighborhood + Gen. Porters
division turned out to [   ?   ]
him. I think he was favor
ably impressed with my
inprogress appearance +
Your letter did not come.
When I do not hear from
you regularly I am not
at all at ease. You will
write me very often.
Charly Parsons says that as
soon as our force reaches Rich-
mond there will be a chance
for us to leave. How much

longer will you stay in N.Y.?
Perhaps I can meet you in
N.Y. yet. We are so very
Busy that tis almost impossi
ble to find him to write.
I heard a report at Hd. Qrs.
that Gen Burnsides was in this
department. You will tell me
all the news [  ?  ]
Remember me to your people.
Dont forget that now we are
In the front + expect to have
en[   ?   ]. Remember
that we are in the “5th Provisional
Corps” a reserve + the pride
of the army. Unless we
are obliged to fight. We will
not be brought with action, but
if we are sent at work it
will be at a place where there
will be decisive action.
Probably another 10 days will
Tell us the history of our country.

Dont forget to add “Porters Div” to
my address.
Your [  ?  ]

[On Envelope:]

Miss Florence Clark
Care C.B. Adams Esq
Mount Morris
New York

Will Byrns-No 76.
Before Richmond.
June 13’’ 1862
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