April 3rd 1863
Camp near White Oak Church Va.
I though I would write & let you know I got my box last Monday alright. It had been
opened at Division Headquarters to see if there was any Contraband Goods in it but
there was nothing taken out. I have had some good bites out of it. Everything was tiptop.
The Doughnuts went bully. We had Brigade Review the 1st day of April & we have a
Corps Review this afternoon. It is said that 3rd & 6th Corps are today here this
summer & the reat of the army to go some where else, but I don't know.
The Paymaster has come & we shall get payed off soon. I can not send home to much as
I want to, for I have bought me a watch. I find I need one as much here as to home &
more when I am on guard.
I had a letter from Abby last night, was swell, told mther was cmgin down there this
week.I'll send you a ring made out of Laurel Root, it will color up good after you wear it
Goodby write soon,
William Messenger wrote this letter addressed to his sister Emma Messenger, Springfield Vermont.
William O. Messenger
3rd Vermont Infantry Co. A
William Died of His wounds @ Cold Harbor Va. 6/6/64
Courtesy of Mark Miller, a collector and great-grandson of Stephen P. Chase, 86th New York Infantry