In Trenches of Petersburg VA
Friday Sept. 30
I will write you
a few hurried lines. I do not know
when I wrote last. You must excuse
me if it was a long time ago. We have
been moving about almost constanly
of late. Last Saturday we relieved
the 10th corps in the trenches in
front of Petersburg. We laid in
the trenches 48 hours. Since then
we have been laying[?] a short distance
in the war. Right before last we pack-
ed at 2 oclock in the morning & now
been waiting ever since. Ready to move
at a moments notice. There are important
movements in progress. The 10th & 18th Co.
are in the other side of the James.
Reports are that they have gained
[----?] [-----?]. I hope
it is all true. The 2nd Corps hold a
very long line & the men are distrib-
uted very thinly but our works are
very strong & I think we can hold them
We are able[?] to move at any moment
somewhere perhaps to Deep Bedlin[?]
perhaps to the left. We are waiting
patiently ready to do what ever
be required of us.
I am afraid our regt. will make
a very poor fighter. We have over
300 new recruits and only about 25
old men. They have not been drilled
at all yet, but I hope we shall not
disgrace our good name if we are
We have good news from
Sherman & you may look
for something from Grant
that will rejoice the hearts
of loyal people my Co. time
is out the 12th of next month-
only 11 days more.
I think I shall go out with my
Co. I can do so if I choose.
I would like to see the war out
but I feel as though I wanted
some rest. besides I do not like
the men that will have
command of the regt & the
regt. is now composed of the
meanest kind of vagabonds
it will be a NH Regt only in
name. Most all the officers
are going home.
I have only 9 men of the original
98 to be mustered out.
We were paid off last
Monday six months pay.
I wrote to James this week.
Hope hear from you
soon. Will write the first
chance. My health is good
Truly yours. G. S. Gove.