Third Battery Light Artillery Vermont Volunteers
Civil War Diaries and Letters of
Eugene William Rolfe, Tunbridge
Fort Fisher, March 8th 1865
Mrs. E. L. Rolfe
Well mother, although I have not heard from you for some time, I will keep awriting till I do hear. I received a letter from Herbert and father bearing date of Feb 26th. since that I have not heard from you but am expecting to hear tomorrow or next day, as I sent a letter to you from Alexandria two weeks ago nest Friday and have not heard from that as yet. Then I wrote to Eddie last week, that you probably received last night. And I hope you will answer it today. I suppose that all write Sunday at lease I hope you did and I hope you will write in the middle of this week for it seems a long while to wait a fortnight for an answer to a letter. I directed the last letter to Eddie as I thought he would think more of it. in it I wrote for more stamps. At that time I was down to the rear where the camp for the drivers and the supernumeries is but for the present, I am stopping at the front. We have good quarters here and plenty of wood drawed to us and short rations. The wood is not of much account now except to cook with as it is as warm as May is in Vermont: and th rations are not of much account as there is not enough of them.
Perhaps you think that I think so because I have just come from home but if you could see a ration, you would think different. We have just drawed a days ration. We drawed a sliver of pork and four hard tacks about five inches square and all the coffee we want. How would the folks at home make it go for a month on such rations. Do not you think they would fast (?). But enough of this. I saw Estes Conant the other day, he had just for back from the 9th. He said that William went to the hospital the day he got there so he did not see him. I am looking for Uncle Jerry every day as the 9th has been so full that they have transferred to the 2nd but perhaps Uncle Jerry will succeed in getting in if he has I wish you would let me know or if he is sent to any of the other regiments from Vermont. If I know when he would get to City Point, I would go down and see him. I should like to have him come into the old Vermont brigade as we are with them now and I am over to see the boys every day. I have seen all the boys that I know in the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th,6th, 10th, and 11th. Ben Hyde is in the 10th. Geo Aikers and Hen Martin are out to division Headquarters. We have just hear some good news from the Valley that Sheridan had captured old Early and 18,000 men. I hope that it is true. They are up to something out there. For two days there has been no end of signaling form the lookout by days and from the picket line by night with lights. Yesterday morning, by climbing up a tree in front of the fort, I could see a large body of Rebel troops marching towards the left. They were an hour or more passing. And yesterday Gen Meade and his wife , Gen Wright, Gen Getty with their staffs and several citizens whose names I do not remember passed along the lines and then reviewed the 3rd division of the 6th Corps.
But enough of this. If you think best you may send me a box with some things that will be good in the army, such as a little butter, cheese, tea and the like. If you do send the box, there is a fellow here wants a pound of green tea and he will pay me for it. Tea is two dollars a pound here now. I want a portfolio as I cannot keep my paper or envelopes without some of that, that I took with me is spoilt by reason of getting wet. Milo is here is all right with the exception of a hard headache today. As for me, I never felt better in my life. To be sure, if I catch any cold my lungs trouble me considerably. Milo says he is going to wait till he hears from home and then he is agoing to send home and if his folks are a mind to they can send with you if you send. I want you to do just as you think best about if. I do not care much either way but there is one thing I want you to send me. Some of those 303 pens. I made a mistake and took the coarse ones. The boys were payed off last (new page) Sept Oct
Monday for the months of November and December but poor I was left out in the cold as I was not mustered for November and December but they say that they are agoing to pay us off again the last of this month if they do I should get 6 months pay and thin I think now I shall send it all home and rough it. But must draw this to a close but will write again soon. I have not heard from Carl, Abbie, or any of Uncle Earls folks since I left home and should like to know whether the are dead or alive. The boys all send their best respects to Carl if he is to home tell Ab to write to a fellow and I shall answer as soon as I get some stamps. Please give my best respects to Ab and the rest of Uncle Earls folks, Mr. And Mrs. Alden, Ed Hutchins, Wib and all the rest. Tell Ed that I am waiting for the answer to my letter. Please write soon and accept this with the best regards of Your son, Eugene W. Rolfe
Contributed by Eugene L. Rolfe, Las Vegas, Nevada, great-grandson of Eugene William Rolfe.