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Camp near Falmouth Va
Oppositt Fredrickesburgh
Friday December 5th 1862
Dear Sister Jennie

This has been a long wet day it began to rain at day light and has done something in that line ever since it is snowing hard now and verry cold this fore noon I had to saddle up and go after 2 days rations of Fresh Beef that was due me but since then I have been sewing togather grain bags to make a blanket for my horse some body stole the US blanket I had for him and if I make a verry fine one out of these bags I am a fraid some one will take a liking to it some night I went out a little while a go to the fire and pointed my finger at Jeff he looked so cross he made a charge at me and caught me by my arm and made it smart nicely and to my surprise I did not find any of his teeth had gone through my new rubber coat which I had on. I have made over my suspenders put on some buttons and did other little jobs which if I was at home I should bring to you or some sister Jennie you want to know what I was doing on Thanksgiving day in the morning I was to work on a Provision Return and asked what day it was I was told it was Thanks" day in N.Y. the 27h I got my breakfast some fried crackers and a cup of Coffee than I went for the rations as soon as I got back I make the Issue and than it was time to have Supper for it was to late to call it dinner So I made the coffee before I fried the crackers So went the day they seem verry short now it get[s] dark so soon I have not seen the face of a time piece for months the sun allways comes up in the north and the swiss run the wrong way down hear


You say that I never have said anything about McClellan no I never have said much and have never cheered him since we left Fair Oaks I never was Satisfied with him I have seen him a great many times and he has had a train after him which would take most as long to pass as our Division Such a staff and body guard I have seen his Hd Qr wagons numbered as high as 95 while our regts" have only 3 allowed them and every train must stop when they want to pass the boys wanted to give me a ride on a rail some time ago for saying that I wished Fremont was in his place I know that we should ether be in Richmond or the rebs in N York by this time if he had been in command as long as McC- has The report now is that Gen Burnside is under arrest at Washington I will bet a hat that our old meat ax will (Gen Sumner) have his chance to handle this army before it changes hands much more No one need expect a furlough while it has got to go through his hands So if the rebs will only get hold of him I will try to go past Mrs Meekes over to Mr Hulls I wish you could find out what Divis and Army Corps Allie Corwins father is in what is Allie doing this winter I expect to hear that she is married as all the others are doing it seemes that the less buisness that is doing the more are geting married I supose they have more time now than they will when times are better what has become of Miss Corwin I dont hear one word from her now We hear that Capt Gott was Lieut" Col of the Iron Sides Regt" I have nothing a gainst Capt Gott he alway[s] used me well You ask how much do I get now well as much as I ever did I never got any extra pay yet Lut Schuffner has gone up the salt river Extra pay for all hands I was with him I was their 4 months As near as I can find out the Govet" dont give any more extra pay so I am still on $17 a month foolish that I did not make it 105 $ a month before I came out I coud do it as well as not and would now if I could get home The scrape with Gen Hancock was this when the Army came over into Va again all hands swore that they would have just what came in their way and when they marched from Harpers Ferry began death to all pigs & sheep Gen Hancock made orders and tried his best to stop it but of no use and he had orders out that he would make an example of the first man he caught killing any thing but rebels we wer encamped at some Gap for one day and our Divis" had found a large flock of sheep and wer hunting [t]hem down at a great rate and Hancock saw it he mounted and started out with some Cavalry ord[er]lies to see the fun I was comeing up from the brook near by whare I had been to take a wash and had first got to the train when a sheep came up on the full run and laid down in front of me some of the men came over and just then shouted Hancock and ran back I was standing over the sheep when up came Hancock on the jump sword in hand mad as a dog he almost rode on me and shouted I have caught you!! You killed that sheep I saw you do it I said I had not put a hand on it he he stoped me and with an awful oath said you did and said I was the thered that he had caught and if the law would let him they should be shot at once but they must have a trial with this I gave the old sheep a kick and up she jumped and jumped over a stone wall and off out of sight Hancock looked at her and then at me and burst out laughing looked all around to see how many saw the joke and said young man I will take all I said to you back and said he was badly sold and started off but halted and called out to me sayg would you not of dressed her if I had not come up as I did? I said no that just now for she was to warm to kill, she would be verry tough meat if killed so soon after runing he said mind you ar not caught doing it and went on to his Hd Qr I had half a mind to get the leg of a pig I had in my saddle bag that was boiled to eat on the march and give to him


I must say good night my love to all
from your brother
S G Evans
Co C 57- Regt NYSV
Richardsons Divi
Washington D.C.
Care
G W Taylor