Letter to the Editor
From the Third Regiment
Camp Griffin, Nov. 29th, 1862
A. A. EARLE, ESQ.-Dear Sir:--Yours of Nov. 18th is received, and I take this opportunity to answer the same. There is not much news to write, everything remaining quiet along the Potomac. Thanksgiving day has passed, and I will give you a history of it-what we had for supper, &c. For supper yesterday, we had an oyster stew prepared by our cook, Curtis P. Bean, of your town, who always does things up brown for the company. The oysters went well, and the boys seemed two enjoy the supper as well as though they were at home in old Vermont. But this did not end the Thanksgiving. A number of the Co. were out on picket, and they, too, must enjoy the good things; so our most noble Captain bought a pair of turkeys and a goose and to-day, to our great pleasure, we stripped their bones of what meat hung to them, and everything passed off as well as though we were at our own tables at home. Of course, none of this was done at Uncle Sam's expense. We chose to provide for ourselves, as long as he had done it well for us so long. The health of our Company is growing better every day. There are but few sick now, compared with the number one month ago. Those in general hospital now are Charles Garvin, John W. Ellsworth, and William H. Willey. Those in regimental hospital are J. P. Gage, H. G. Beaman, and H. H. Moulton. He has the typhoid fever, and is very sick. Beside these, there are a few others who are excused from drill, but remain in camp, and are able to take care of themselves. Of this number there is corporal Geo. H. Edwards, A. B. Chamberlain, and corporal Dana P. Sawyer. Lieutenant John H. Coburn has sent his resignation, and has been discharged. He was very highly esteemed by every member of the company, every one hoping he would be able to return and resume his duties as Lieutenant again. It will be hard to get a lieutenant that every one will respect as much as they did him. There has been several promotions in our company since we left Camp Baxter. Privates Geo. H Edwards, Loren J. Flood, Frank Lamore, Jr., and Charles Blood, to corporal. Corporals Stephen W. Jenkins, and John S. Thompson, to sergeants.
Alonzo Page who belonged to our company, but lately joined an artillery company, has been promoted to corporal in said company.
In relation to the clothing of this regiment I will say we have all received the new army uniform. The regiment is well clothed for winter, which whispered to us, "I am coming," when we arose last Tuesday morning the ground being covered with snow. This some of the Vermonters did not expect to see in the land of secesh quite as early as this. Our old tents remain with us yet, but we heard a whisper from the old Green Mountain state saying-"Vermont 3d, you shall not suffer for tents much longer." This will cheer up the drooping spirits of many a soldier, and save many a one from an untimely grave. We have had much sickness in our regiment, but have had but very few deaths, compared with what the other Vermont regiments have had, except the 2d. We have lost ten men. This includes the two killed in the skirmish at Lewinsville, and the one of Company I, who cut his throat at Camp Advance.
Either the 4th or 5th have lost more than double the number by sickness that our regt. has. The 6th have lost nearly the same number that we have, and have not been here one quarter the time. The health of the 2nd, I guess has been as good, if not better than ours. From this any one would suppose that the warm part of the season was the best time to come here from the Eastern States, but I always supposed the cool part the best. I think our regiment has done more for the protection of their health than any other I have seen, i.e.-in making beds up from the ground, keeping their clothing well aired, and always having clean and neat tents. We have often received the highest praise from our staff officers for doing these things so well.
By your paper, which we gladly receive every week, we see you get the news from all parts of the Union nearly as quick as we do. The taking of Mason and Slidell, by Capt. Wilkes, was received with the greatest joy. Would to God it had been Davis and Stephens; but sooner or later they, too, will be in the same fix. Secession must come down, and that, too, ere long.
They will soon be surrounded, not a place left to escape through. Even in South Carolina, where "secesh" first started, and where our noble emblem of freedom first received its insults, there the emblem again waves, and it will soon in many places, where it has been trampled under foot by those despisers of freedom.
Yours Truly, T. ABEL CHASE.