|Potomac Creek Bridge ca 1861 to 1865|
In part, "Here last night it began to rain, turning into snow ... a real 'Noth Easter' and now the mud and snow together are very deep and the possibility of operations on the offensive put far away into the future. I think I have written of our camping in the woods.
You should see ... the large pines bending beneath its accumulated weight ,until one can hold no more ... woe to the unlucky .. who might be passing ... big patches have been dropping 'thud' 'thud' kerslap ... upon our tent ... I received ... the box in good order. The apples had not hurt to notice, nor the cakes and pie, tho' the little tunover had a coat of green and there was no lack of spice, the cover having come off the box of ginger, but that was no harm and we have plenty of the article, but the bottle of mint in solution was a puzzle, as yet I have only smelt of it. The mince and one cake ... have been tried and pronounced first rate, and also the apples. ...
The boots are a fit, though large, which is a good fautt, the clothing all very acceptable and what I wished. I am much pleased with the knive and pocket book ... the diary and portfolio will daily find use ... " Also received a sewing kit. " I would like a needle or two in next letter, as those sent have eyes too small for black thread that we use.
I should have received it ten days ago, but that last week our grand division, with the left guard division, made a move to attack the rebels; the intent was to surprise them crossing the river above Fredericksburg and so turn their works, but that weather was against us and ere, the pontoons were at the river side from the opposite beach.
The rebel song 'Burnside in the mud' guided us and we were fast, so commenced 6 days in floundering above in the mud, accomplishing but a march of six miles and return, the loss in horses and teams very great. The prospect is worse now than ever. [Union generals] Burnside, Sumner and Franklin were relieved, and Hooker took the command of the whole Army Monday at 5 A.M. I can see enough to make us cheer or hope for a speedy end of this war. But hope for the best.
I believe little 'Mac' [Union General George McClellen] will yet have to come back. We, the Army of the Potomac, will do anything. Desertions are very numerous,1,800 from one corps this year. Something is truly needed to put heart into the men ...
[signed] George F.