Camp near Berryville Va.
Monday Sept. 5" 1864
Dear Mother: [Lydia Barr Rigby]
I received Father's letter in which you requested that I would write a letter especially to you several days ago + when I read it I intended to answer immediately by writing you a good long letter, but it has until now been impossible for me to carry out my intentions The morning after I received it we left our fortified Camp at Halltown + marched 5 meter beyond Charlestown when we again went into Camp + began throwing up earthworks. We remained there until Saturday last, but in the mean time I had the Muster Rolls to make out + this kept me so busy I had time for nothing else Saturday morning we again broke Camp we received orders the night before to march at 4 oclock in the morning, before three we all up getting breakfast + by 4 we were ready to Start, but at least 2 hours passed before the order to fall in was received.
This is one of the vexations of a Solders life very often we are called up at 2 or 3 oclock in the morning + still do not leave Camp before 9 or 10 oclock in the forenoon.
The boys are apt to get out of humor when at such things Still grumbling does no good + I try to take every thing of the kind as coolly as possible.
After leaving Camp we moved to the
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