Camp 5th N. H. Pt. Lookout Mt.
Apr 26 1864
We are still at Pt. Lookout
& I think now, that we are likely to remain
here for the present at least.
The 4th U.S. Colored Regt.went away yesterday
& the other colored regt. expects to go soon.
The 4th R.I. Regt. arrived yesterday and
will remain to do guard duty. This is
the same old regt. that was in our brigade
at Bladensburg & Camp California. They
left us there to go with Burnsides Expedition
line which [---?] they have been in the 9th C.C.
Now we are together again. The two regt.
the 4th & ours - always thought a great deal
of each other. they arrived just before
noon yesterday, we took them into our
camp, each of our Cos. took charge of one
of theirs, gave them a good dinner etc.
When we arrived at Bladensburg from
N.H. in Nov 1861 the 4th was encamped
there. The first night we had no [----?] or
supper. They gave us a supper & shelter - as far
as possible, & now after most 3 years we have
returned the kindness.
The 4th is a fine regt. & its officers are good fellows.
We are very much pleased to have them
here & glad to have the negroes go away.
The regt. of prison their took the oath of
allegiance, or "Galvanized Rebs" as the
others call them have gone to Norfolk to do
About 150 of our men have been transferred
to the Navy. All who have served two years
as a sailor have the privilege of going.
It is provoking to recruit men and work
hard to make soldiers of them & then just
as they are well drilled, have them taken
Gen. Hinks has left & gone to Fertiers Monroe
and is to command a brigade or division
of negroes. No other general has been sent
here yet, but Gen. Peck is expected.
Another lot of rebel officers came in last night
and took up their residence in the pen.
There are about 400 of them here now, quite
a number of the men have been paroled
& sent south, but some 7000 yet remain.
I have had some photographs taken and
sent you one, they were taken here and
of course are not so good as are taken in
regular establishments. I shall send a half
The summer campaign will open soon, and
you may look for stirring times. It is going
to eclipse everything hitherto. I wish we
could be in it, but I suppose you and mother
will feel much better if we stay here for your
sakes I hope we shall. but for my own part
I hope we shall go to the front.
I got a paper yesterday the "Union League." I suppose
is from Dr P. Give My love to all & write again
soon Truly your Bro, George