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6th Vermont Infantry


Casper Honorus Dean (1841-1936)

Camp near Cold Harbor Va.
May 27th 1862


I have not much news to write you, but write to let you know that I am well and to send you an order on the State Treasury of ten dollars and one 5 dollar government note. I let Anson Hier have $10. And he gave me the order, so that you could draw the money on it. If you do not know how to draw it you can find out by asking those that have had such orders. The Vt. Brigade has been paid two months pay. The 6th Regt. was paid yesterday. I got all the money that was owing me except $1.25. This Harley Sherman owes me. I suppose he has got his discharge and gone home to Hinesburg. Do you know whether he is at home or not? We are not allowed to write anything that would be likely to give the rebels any news concerning our strength or position or anything that will help their case in anyway. You probably know a great deal better what is going on than I do at the present time. We are partially in the dark as to news. When you write I wish you would give me all the news concerning the war and your opinion on the same. It is reported that Banks has been repulsed with a considerable loss. Is it so? We are encamped between Cold Harbor and the Chickahominy River. We are about 1/2 mile from said river.

You will know right where we are by looking on the Tribune that has the map on it. After the Battle of Williamsburg we marched to New Kent Courthouse, thence to Cumberland Landing, thence to White House Landing, thence to Tunstalls' Station, thence to Cold Harbor, thence to where we are encamped at the present time. I am expecting to go on picket guard this afternoon. I received a letter from Aunt Mary a few days ago. Also one from Amanda today, and a paper someone I know not who. Amanda's letter stated that you were all well, I was very glad to hear from her. I began to think that it was strange that some of you did not write oftener. Was afraid some of you were sick. You say you are anxious to hear from me often so am I to hear from home.

Tell mother not to worry about my living. I have enough to eat the most of the time and my appetite is very good. I am not so particular about my victuals as I used to be. The Monkton boys that are here are well as usual. I would like to write more but cannot now as I have got to get ready to go on picket.

When you write, tell me what you want I should write about and I will try and answer your inquiries. Please write as soon as you receive this and tell me whether you receive the order.

Your Most Respectfully,
Casper H. Dean
To Carlton S. Dean

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Source: Photographs and letters provided by Alden Dean, Casper and Martha's great-grandson.