11th Vermont Infantry (aka First Heavy Artillery, Vermont Volunteers)
Nelson Newton Glazier
Camp Bradley Aug. 28, '62
My Dear Father,
I expect we shall be mustered in next Monday, and probly go South the last of next week- perhaps not till later. I wish you would come down and see me, couldn't you and Fred come down together and stay over night. I hope it will be so that Mother, A & M., & Rose can all come while I am here. Posibly I may get a chance to go home before you come, but do not wait for that; however if you come, call at Flints Hotel at East Townshend and find out whether I have gone home, so to not miss me. I want you to be sure and bring my Bible, reporter and Military tactics, and bring me anything else you think best. I am feeling unwell today but am in hopes to be better soon. Do not worry about me. I have just been out and got me some cracker and milk, brought to my tent some milk and a dozen crackers. I had to stop and do some writing for the Colonel. I will write no more now. Good bye.
From your loving son,
Camp Bradley 11th Regt. Vt. Vols.
Brattleboro Vt. Aug. 29, 62
Dear folks at Home;
Not having any thing specially to do just now in a military line, I propose to pen you a few lines, so to let you have a sort of daily communication from me. It is now nearly 5 o'clock and the companies are being formed for battalion drill which comes off at 5 o'clock. We have a good many visitors every day in camp, but as yet I have seen none of my home friends. I hope you will come down soon, so as to be sure to see us before we leave. We shall probably be mustered in next Monday; we shall probably go the last of next week or the first of next week following; still it is uncertain. I am feeling much better than I did yesterday; think I shall be fully as well as usual in a day or two. Yesterday we had a very hard shower here in the Afternoon; it seemed rather hard to see the poor sentinels stand and take it, but we shall probaly see worse things than that. There have been very many cases of diarrhea, dysentery and the like here in camp; change of diet, lying on the ground, etc. have brought it on probaly in a great measure. I presume at one time there were a number hundred in the 11th Regt. who were troubled more or less in that way. There are now some seventy or more on the sick list, many of them are not very sick probaly; but unfit for duty. I have heard a rumor that there is to be another call for men but do not as yet take much stock in it. When all the men already called for shall have been sent on to the seat of war it will make a pretty large army. The papers state that the rebels are again in possession of Manasses Junction and that railroad communication between Washington and the army is cut off; it may be so and it may not be so; we cant tell by what we hear. I have been interrupted a number of times since I commenced this. It is now 9 o'clock P.M. and I will not write much more but go to my humble couch and perhaps dream of home, sweet home, it not when I am asleep, when I am awake. By the way let me give you a description of my tent. This tent -the Adjutants- is about 10 feet square, what is called a walled tent, that is, the roof does not come down to the ground but there are walled sides, some like the walls of a house. In one corner is my writing desk which is a large box, next to it is a stand which comes very handy for a variety of uses; near which is the water pail dipper etc.; then there are two nice stools, two sort of cot bedsteads, one for the Adjutant and one for me, these make it very much preferable to lying on the ground. Then there are my equipments,etc etc. On the whole for camp life a good number of conveniences. But I will close for tonight hoping God will bless and save you all.
Good night- From Your
Loving Son & Brother
Good morning all; it is a very lovely morning. Today at 2 P.M. there is to be a general inspection of the regiment by the Adjutant Genl. of the state, and Monday we shall probaly be mustered in. I am feeling pretty smart this morning when I feel well I so far enjoy soldier's life full as well as I expected. I wish when you come down you would bring my slippers. I think perhaps they would often come handy. I shall send this letter to West Wardsboro hoping you will get it tomorrow.
Then Fred has left Townshend has he? Well there is no use in being abused; and if Sawyer has done it and will not make apology then let him go; I guess 'twill not ruin you. Fred I would advise you to go to school this fall at Townshend - room at Mrs. Higgins, and if you can board in a club. I am well acquainted with one of the teachers, H. Rugg. whom you will find a very nice fellow. You will want to take Arithmetic Grammar & Algebra; then in the winter teach; you will want to look up Geography some; go into the teachers class if they have one. Attend to writing and learn all you can. There are so many young men who have been teachers who now are now leaving for the war that you would stand a chance to get a pretty good place. I hope you will come down and see me and bring what things I have named. Reporter, Bible, tactics, slippers etc.etc. I rather think I shall get me a watch and a pistol which will be something of an item of cost; but it may come handy for me. Good bye I can stop to write no more. now Goodbye.
Camp Bradley Sept 6, 62
I have now time to write a few lines; it is nearly six o'clock A.M. I arrived at Brattleboro in ample time to make a few little purchases and get back to camp in time to answer my furlough. I am feeling pretty well this morning. Tell Marian I got those little items she recommended and some more.
Father I meant to have talked with you about Fred's going to school, this fall. If he can go, I should recommend that he go to Townshend; he probaly could room at Mrs. Higgins & if they have a club board in one. If he can go this fall, he can teach in the winter and thus get his money back and some more; it will put him in a position to earn money. If he goes he ought to go immediately as the term I understand has already commenced. I hope you will think you can let him go. So many young men have gone to the war I think he might stand a good chance of getting a good school. I hope you will let him go.
The tenth Regt I expect will go today. The 11th Regt to which I belong I expect will go tomorrow. I am sorry they are going to war - Sunday. I am in a great hurry and will stop to write no more now. A word more. I have Dr. Holton's bill for doctoring me when I had the measles which I enclose. You remember I wrote to you in relation to it ... I suppose it is settled that we leave tomorrow. I was lucky in getting home as I did.
When I have time, I shall write you a long letter.
1 o'clock P.M.
I am now at the village of Brattleboro. We start tomorrow morning at 9 o'clock. I wish we could go some other day beside Sunday. I send you and mother and [??] a picture also one to Marian; one to Rose; one to Fred, 1 to Emma, 1 to Amelia. Don't you think I look nice? By and By I shall write you a long letter. Good bye.
P.S. I send four pictures in another envelope.
Camp near Fort Lincoln Sept. 17th '62
Dear Folks at Home;
I have now been here about a week, and now seat myself to write you again; O how I wish I could see you a few moments and tell you how often I think of home and all its dear associations. Do not think me homesick for I am not; yet still I think of you all very very often, and hope the time may come when I can see you all again. Camp life, I never expected would be congenial to my taste, yet I am enjoying it full as well as I expected and am willing to endure and sacrifice something for my country. I am as I told you some four miles north of Washington, in a very pleasant country, healthy in locality. Our camp is on an elevation which makes it more healthy than if in a low sunken place. How long we may remain here I cannot tell anything about it, we are getting things so as to be pretty comfortable, & if we can stay here some weeks we shall get along nicely I think; do not worry about me, if I am very sick I shall let you know; also if we move from here I shall inform you. I have considerable to do in the Adjutants office; I have not been out on drill or anything of that kind since I came to this place. The men have been constructing rifle pits and today are to work building a fort. Within sight of here are a number of forts-Earthworks- some of them very strong. Between these forts are large trenches or ditches dug, into which our men could go in case of attack, firing upon the rebels, and being shielded in part from the enemy. It is much pleasanter for me to remain in camp than it would be to go out and aid in throwing up these works; you know I am not so immoderately fond of work as many are. My work here is of another kind, so I do not however avoid labor. The other night I was busy in the Office when upon looking at the door I saw a friend from Baltimore. Little did I think of seeing Uncle George here in camp so soon after my arrival here. It was last Friday evening. I did not see him when I passed through Baltimore but left him a note, stating where I was going Tuesday. I passed through Baltimore; Friday he went by cars to Washington found that I had gone to Fort Lincoln, and then he came afoot up here 4 miles got here at dawn and found me. He staid with me over night, camped out as a soldier, and the next day I got leave to go out of camp from 11 AM. to 3 P.M. I went up to the Fort. * We are camped near Fort Lincoln, not immediately by it - with Uncle George; I went round in the fort and looked over those big guns I tell you they look savage; they would not admit Uncle George inside the fort being a citizen, but I got in being a soldier. It must take a strong force to get through here by these big guns, they would make awful havoc with an invading army. We are very near that big railroad from Washington to Baltimore & right on the big turnpike from Washington to Blodensburg. With the rebels on the North it is an exposed position, and it is necessary to be strongly fortified. Probaly the rebels will not attack us here at present; we may move soon - as I said before we [??] -- After looking over the fort we went down towards Blodensburg on the North. We went down by Mr. Rees - Editor of the Congressional Globe, he has given very much for the Union Cause, and of course is a strong union man; he lives in a very beautiful place; this country round about here is too beautiful to be cut up by rifle pits, forts, wagon roads the necessary consequences of war. Going down farther we went by the celebrated duelling ground where Clay & Randolph fought; and where there have been a great many duels fought by congressmen. This is the place where one of the Maine Congressmen years ago was killed. It is a little flat of perhaps half or three quarters of an acre with a little rivulet on one side, and except where the stream enters and leaves, surrounded by quite an even eminence, affording a fine place for spectators. It seemed wrong to think how these great men could resort to duelling to settle their disputes, but when we look at the condition of our country, this seems wronger still. After looking over the duelling ground, we went on to Blodensburg, a village of about 5 hundred inhabitants, situated on the East branch of the Potomac. It is a hotbed of "Secesh", there are some two or three families union, but there is I suppose really no longer in going there as the place is to near to the big union guns for the rebels to make much demonstration; some few weeks ago ten were arrested and sent to the Washington lockup and left till they took the oath of allegiance. Uncle George had a friend here and we called at his house, stopped and took dinner, had peaches, grapes etc. and on the whole a very nice time. I arrived back a little past three and Uncle returned to Baltimore. I tell you I was so glad to see him; I should like to go up to Baltimore and stay with him awhile, but I suppose I cannot. I want you to all write me once or twice a week, you don't know how glad I am to have letters from home. I propose to write you as often as once a week and if you please you may put my letters away by themselves, so that when I come home I can look them over and find what I was doing and thinking about at the different places in which I might have been in. I have just rcv'd a letter from Nellie Glazier; she speaks of the good time she had up in Vermont and says she guesses the serious people all thought she was crazy. I sent Nellie my picture, she seems very glad of it. While I am writing there is heavy firing of southwest from here, I suppose it is artillery practice. You probably learn the news in VT. full as much as we do in camp. There are apt to be a great many camp rumors, some perhaps true and some not. Newsboys come in with papers occasionally from which we get some news. Sometimes I flatter myself that the war will not last three years, and then again the rebels seem so determinedly set on recking[??] or ruining that I cannot make up my mind when the war will end. I am glad the North are beginning to wake up, I say beginning to wake for the North has not been as yet aroused to the terrible hatred, enmity, and recklessness of the South. O these rebels are so bitter, so determined to ruin the government, it does seem so wrong that the government so long could have preserved so lenient a policy toward the black-hearted conspirators who trample on every human right, seeking to destroy the glory and happiness of the nation. Why is it that the South with her army poorly clad, poorly fed & poorly paid has been able to meet the grand army of the Potomac so successfully? It is because of her terrible earnestness, of the terrible energy displayed by the leaders of the Southern army. Conciliation has been played out; there seems no more room for this kind of policy; war, savage destroying devastating, subjugating war alone never settles the difficulty. It is cheering to have the new troops pour in here so hopefully; regiment after regiment daily come in, and there are now in the vicinity of Washington is probaly towards 300,000 men. Let these armies be led by competent men, by men of the Jackson school and it does seem that rebellion must totter and fall. But when I sometimes look over our commanders and see the petty [??] and strifes, the desire to be the highest in rank, a love of military form rather than a genuine love of country, I feel a sort of dispondency creeping over me, sustained only by the hope that the awful conditions of the country will yet arouse these men to make exertion for their country, to act in her defence, to try to save her from anarchy and ruin. Then there are so many traitors; General McDowell I have no confidence in; I do not say he is a traitor; but I do say I am glad he is away on a furlough and I hope he will never resume his command. He lost the battle of Bull Run July. 61, and not long ago he met with, or rather was the cause of defeat there again; the rebels say he is as good as a fifty or a hundred thousand men to them. He may be lousy but it looks hard. we have strong active energetic go ahead men. McClellan is doing well of late. He seems to have the confidence of the army now. I hope he may prove equal to his task; My opinion of McClellan is just this; I think in forts, or defences or anything of that kind he would be first rate but I think he has not quite go ahead - quite dash enough, to lead our army in the field. I want to see the Rebellion squelched, I want to see energy on the part of the government, and I think we shall; the war is causing to much waste of money blood and life; it causes too many tears and bleeding broken hearts too many [??] and agonizing gloom to be continued long. [??] How is usually well, so is Norman, please tell their folks if you see them. I had a present the other day, from Miss Fleming Bellows Falls through her brother who is a lieutenant in the regiment.- You will remember I told you I stopped there while at the folks; It was a little box like containing many little necessories of a soldier; so I am pretty well furnished in that line. I left - I suppose - my scissors at home also my knife in my vest pocket - satin vest - after I went back to Brattleboro I bought me another pair of scissors and a knife. Miss Fleming sent me a pair of scissors so I have now two pairs. Now I give [??] scissors. I have no news of special interest to write. I hope to hear from you soon. [??] to 11th Reg't Vt. Vols. Washington D.C. Now write often. Write all about every thing. Remember though I am away I think of you and still claim a large share in your prayers sympathies and affections. All write. From your loving Brother and Son
P.S. Excuse all mistakes as I have not undertaken to read this to correct it.
Camp Near Fort Lincoln
Sept. 21st '62
Loved ones at Home;
Your kind letter has just been received and very glad was I to hear from you all. I am not feeling very well today and perhaps your letters did me more good on that account, I shall probaly be well in a day or two, nothing very serious; I think my little bundle of medicines is just the thing for a soldier, all good for diseases which the soldier is liable to. Marian you speak of my sleeping with something on my head. My blanket is long enough to cover my head; however a good cap made of worsted or something of that sort would be a very good thing - I mean rather a knit cap - You also speak of my having some fur to put on my breast to prevent taking cold, I hardly think it will be necessory; before leaving Brattleboro, I had some flannel bands made to wear around the bowels, as they are said to be a good prevention against getting the bowels chilled, also against diarrhea, dysentery and the like which are the great scourges of camp life. I got a yard of red flannel had it cut in the middle lengthwise, and made two, I think they are a very nice thing. You need not hurry yourself about the dysentery medicine as I have a number of remedies with me. I spend the daytime in the Adjutants office; I sleep in another tent with the Drum major - the Drum major is one of the regimental noncommissioned Staff; the other day the Adjutant made me a present of a hair mattress- cost $7.00 - so it makes me quite a nice little bed. The Drum major has been quite sick and I let him occupy it a while.
Monday Morning 6 A.M.
I broke of writing yesterday rather abruptly not feeling very well, but now I will resume my writing for a few minutes. You speak Marion of my giving my picture to Aunt Hannah Maynard, some days ago I wrote to them sending my picture to Aunt Hannah; when Uncle George N. Cressy was here I gave one to him; so you see I am "little ahead". I am feeling much better than I did yesterday feel nearly well; don't worry about me, I am getting along well and enjoying myself full as well as I expected. We are having a very pleasant spell of weather now; wish I could be at home to help you do the harvesting, eat apples, brown bread, & milk & baked apples, and such other nice confectionaries, together with all the nice articles of diet common to every good New England liver. Mother- I much pleased with your letter, also with father's note- together with the letter of M.; you don't know how much good it does the boys to get a good warm, affectionate letter from home; they anxiously await the arrival of the mails. The mail comes in daily from Washington, and goes out daily. You will direct to N.N. Glazier 11th Regt. Vt. Vols. Washington D.C. How long we shall remain here I cannot tell much about it. The other day I had a nice basket of peaches presented to me from the friend at Blodensburg where I went with Uncle George, you will remember. Camp life exhibits all kinds of character; some singing, some praying, some playing cards, some carousing, some drinking, and a good deal of swearing. The other evening, I went down into the street of one camp, where they were fiddling, and by the tent where the fiddler was they had got a little stage like, and one fellow was dancing at a great rate, in the next tent immediately was a man praying regular Methodist style, it seems so strange to see things so strongly mixed up. I have but few minutes to write as this must be in the Office soon. You probaly get the news full as [??] as we do in camp, not so soon probaly. I shall write you again soon. Write me often often. you need not send stamps as present as I can get them very readily. Nate & Norman are usually well I believeI have time to write no more now. Much love to all - Write me immediately.
May God bless you all my loving friends
and save you in heaven.
From your loving Son and Brother
Defences North of the Potomac
Camp Near Fort Lincoln Oct 5th 1862
My Dear Folks at home;
I thought I would take a few moments and converse a little with my dear friends in Vt., although I have no news of special interest to tell you of as I know. Today I have been a little unwell; this morning I had a very bad pain in my bowels, but I took some pills and am feeling much better this afternoon. For a few days past I have been troubled with a very bad sore under my left arm; the Surgeon has just been in and lanced it; I should think about a tablespoonful of whitish putrid matter ran out; of course it feels much better, and probaly now will soon be well; my health for the most part has been good since I came here, but I have had a few sick spells. My time is quite fully taken up in the office; the last & first of the monh there is always a good deal to do making out reports etc. There is another clerk assisting me now, so I get rid of some of the labor; The Adjutants leave the office work principally to us, so I have considerable to do. Please direct your letters to me "N. Newton Glazier Head Quarters 11th Regt. Vt. Vols Washington D.C." (Care of Adjutants [??] W. Burrows.) I have written once since I heard from you; I am so glad to get letters from home I hope you will all write me very often. What is the reason Nate Howe's wife does not write, he has written to her and others, but I believe as yet he has had no letter from his wife; tell her if you see her to write him. I believe he & Norman yesterday were usually well. I have not seen them today. We are having one of the most beautiful spells of weather now I ever saw, so pleasant, so mild, it seems almost like Indian Summer only too early; then now there is such a beautiful moon the evenings are specially delightful, making me think of some Autumnal moony evenings I have seen and enjoyed in old Vt. Then the sunsets here are so beautiful, the scene so far the varied colors of the heavens so soft and mellow, that I love to sit and gaze at them, and think of home, sweet home. Wouldn't I like to take my milkpail and go out and get some good cows milk - instead of milkman's milk - carry it into the house take a bowl of milk and baked apples with good old Pye & Indian bread, sit down with my feet on the stove hearth and eat it. I wouldn't mind the milking if I could have the milk. I buy some milk - ten cents a qt. - and I have had some of a lady who lives not far from here that tasted really like milk unadulterated[??]. I get some apples now & then and on the whole I get along very well as regards living. Three or four of us have sort of got together, bought a stove and some furniture, and have a mess by ourselves, drawing our rations from the Quartermaster; we can get a few other things & have things more to our own taste & liking, & I think I shall like it much better on the whole. I am expecting rather we shall winter somewhere in this vicinity, but cannot tell. I expect the regiment will be practiced in artillery & whether we shall be made over into an Artillery Regiment I cannot say. It is surprising to see what lots of soldiers arrive here almost daily; the railroad from Baltimore to Washington is very full of business, trains run day and night Sundays & all. It seems to me they will get men enough to do something by & by; it seems to be thought by some that there will be a simultaneous movement made, on the part of the north, advancing on towards Richmond, and attacks made on the Southern Coast; the North are gaining victories in the Southwestern department as you probaly see by the papers. I think now is the time to strike at the rebels, who are this side of Richmond; being of course somewhat demoralized by their recent defeat at Antiedom, by taking them before they can get rested and recruited. I think we might give them some. I do hope the war will be pushed vigorously & energetically and something done. I hope before three years to return to my own loved home to see my dear friends and enjoy the sweets of peaceful life. At least we will hope for the best. I have time to write no more now. May our Heavenly father protect & bless us all & finally save us.
Good bye My Dear Friends
God Bless you all.
Oct 10 - Good evening all; I have not sent this letter yet, and will now write a little more and send it along. Yesterday I took the Colonel's horse, and rode down 7 or 8 miles and back; I went on Regimental business, going by & to Forts Thayer, Saratoga, Bunker Hill, Totten, Slocumb, and Massachusetts; I also went by a little fort called Slemmer. Most of the these forts are strong works, right on the line of the Northern defenses of Washington. These forts could make awful work with an invading army. Between them mostly are rifle pits so that the line is very strong. My horse rode rather hard and today I feel a little low but not very bad. I shall get broke into the business perhaps by and by. Upon arriving back a little after dark I was pleased to find a letter from home, these letters from home are very sweet to me. you ask what we have to eat; the regular rations consist of Pork- salt & Fresh Beef, Hard & Soft Bread, Beans, Rice sugar, mollasses; these articles besides what I get otherwise as I have already told you constitute my living. Today some of the officers had some breastplates,- a kind of iron vest - sent them; they are a heavy cumbersome thing, whether they will answer the end design or not I cannot say; I told some of the officers I thought they would need some for the back full as much. I would like to have been there to have helped you eat your melon; but I had a good many pieces of nice melon & lots of peaches since I came from home. O how I want to see you all. Cant you send me some good griddle cakes and a piece of maple sugar; One of the boys got a box today from Vermont, and found sugar in it, he gave me a little piece. I tell you it seemed almost like Vermont of any thing since I came to Washington.
Good night My loving friends. Newton.
Head Quarters 11th Regt. Vt. Vols.
Camp Near Fort Lincoln
Oct. 17th 1862
Dear Folks at Home;
It has not been a great while since I wrote home, but it seems like some time so I will write you again. It is a very nice balmy morning, just such as I should like to spend at home out on the farm looking round, provided my pockets were well filled with apples, or any other thing well adapted "to give aid & comfort" to my physical system. Yesterday & today I have been feeling quite unwell- diarrhea - but hope to feel better soon; yesterday I went over to the hospital to see some of the boys who are there sick; it is perhaps three quarters of a mile from here in a kind of grove near a little stream. I think there must be over thirty in it but did not count them; some are very sick; Norman Johnson is there, he is very sick; there seems to be great difficulty in getting any thing to pass his bowels; it is a very dangerous case, but hope of his recovery is not fully given up. I hope he may recover. Nate sent a letter home yesterday & this morning so that his wife- Norman's_ might know fully in relation to it. The inmates at the hospital look rather sober; I tell you the hospital view of war is rather a sad one. Yesterday I called on an old farmer near here - or rather the night before - and made a little trade with him to furnish me a pint of milk a day - big trade wasn't it? Yesterday not feeling very well, I got me a pint of milk and thought I would make me a dish of cream toast; so I got my utensils all ready, and with the assistance of "Fredd"- the Colonel's waiter - I succeeded in making a very fine toast; Fredd gave me some cranberry sauce to eat with it and on the whole I made out quite a meal for a sick man. I think if I had some of your good warm biscuits I could make a toast that would make even the eyes of a Vermont cook sparkle. I feel today just as though I should like some of those little home luxuries which always came so nice when one feels unwell; but why do I write this? I do not expect to have things here as I could if at home; if I can always fare as well as I do now while at war I shall think myself well off. I have a good supply of medicines on hand you know & if I am a little unwell, and when I am writing home I tell you of it, let it create no over feelings of anxiety about me, and on the other hand do not think me complaining or homesick. Tonight I think when I get my milk I will try and get me Indian meal enough for some hasty pudding and have that for my supper. It is rather difficult getting stamps here and if you please I wish you would send me two or three every time you write me. Do you still take the Watchman & Reflector; after you have read it I wish you would send me one once in a while; also if you have any Vermont papers I should like to have you occasionally send me one; they would be very acceptable. When I get into winter quarters- in case we winter about here - perhaps I may want you to rig me out a box and send it on. Some of the boys have already received boxes from home, containing sugar- maple- cheese, a few eatables that would keep etc; then mittens and a few such items owing to the nearness of winter would not come amiss; Dried apples would be very acceptable. However I will perhaps speak of this another time Mother those nice stockings which you let me have are very nice and warm. I have got me a very nice place to sleep which is no small item in this region. The water here I do not think agrees with me very well; I would like to have a drink from the old well. Fred take a glass of it drink to the health of you Brother. Rose how are you getting along in your studies Is your health good? Don't feel grouty do you? Write me often I like to read your letters. Alonzo how do you make it fox trapping? Father how much have you got chopped; how I should like to go out chopping with you carry out our dinner of cold fresh beef & potatoes and pye & Indian Bread with some good Baked beans, build up a fire in the woods and warm it over, then sitting down all hands eat it with a true Vermont relish; it is perfectly aggravating to think of it; then to wind up with a good pocket full of apples & a drink of good cider; I tell you were I there I should appreciate these things. I have just got a good long letter from Waterman; it is very pleasant to me to hear from any one in Vt. it is home, sweet home. No other place has half the attraction, no other place has so many holy associations, no other place is half so dear as my own Vermont. I can think just how it seems there now, how beautiful, how clear the sky, how beautiful the forests with their more than glorious hues, how fruitful the fields, how numerous the herds; and last though by far the [??] the loved friends of my childhoods home.
You little realize the awful demoralizing effects of camp life; so much swearing, so much vice in her ten thousand forms that one needs to set himself against it like a pillar in order to withstand it. Though I am far away from home and its restraining influences still I will not forget them; I will cherish a love for the true and good, I will remember the holy teachings of my sainted mother. I will remember the wise counsel of my dear father, I will remember God's holy word, and pray for help to live a noble manly life; I will pray for those dear ones at home whom I expect to meet again; and when I come back to you I hope to come a nobler & better man than when I left you. How are you getting along harvesting, have you picked the apples yet and how many are having? Will you make much cider? Are there any news of special interest at home; any little things which to you may seem unimportant are interesting to me. I shall be glad when the war is through, so that I can return to you and perhaps go on with my studies; I find something of a difference between camp life and collegiate life. Are any of the winter schools engaged yet? I would like to be up there somewhere teaching this winter; I should enjoy it right well. Who teaches at West Wardsboro or is it not engaged? Do any of the large girls there go away to school this fall. Are Abel's folks all well? Tell Abel to write me. Give my kindest regards to Nelson's folks & in short to all the neighbors. I some expect we shall be made over nite an artillery regiment, but I will speak more of this when I know more about it; if so we shall probaly remain here in these parts over winter, and perhaps longer. It does seem to me that next season must wind up the war; I hope so; the country begins already to tire of the war and it will demand that something decisive be done. I am hoping we may have more competent officers, fewer traitors to sacrifice the lives of our noble men. The other day I was down to Blodensburg a little village about two miles from here, and was talking with a paroled Captain who was taken prisoner in May last at [??] Va. In the battle there his colonel - Broadhead of the 1st Michigan Cavalry - was mortally wounded; and as he was about dying said as his last words "I die a victim to the imbecility of Pape and the treachery of McDowell" soon he died. How cutting these words, they will be remembered in after time. Let us all hope for the best and pray for the best. How I want to see you all, you are all very, very dear to me, may I meet you all again. I must close writing soon; you may think I write some droll letters home, but when I write to you I throw of the stiff formality of letterwriting and say just what I am a mind to. Heaven bless you all.
From your loving son and brother. Newton
Address "N. Newton Glazier Head Quarters 11th Regiment Vt. Vols. Washington D.C. Care of Col. S. M. Warner" Be particular in directing your letters & write immediately. once or twice a week certainly. N.
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