Camp Near Culpeper Va

October the 8th 1863


Left Convalescent Camp Monday and arrived at this Camp late in the day and “everything has bewildered my head so I could not write before this  it seems as if I cannot get acustomed [sic] to the old Camp life again & now I must tell you about our Regt it has altered Considerable since I last saw it & has now Become so it is looked upon with pride by the whole of our Corps  while they are drilling Officers from other Regts come to see & admire them  But it is very hard for the Boys to drill the new drill  if they could be seen in Utica to day Uticans would look on them with wonder  as soon as we got to the Regt they sent for the Uniform for us & to day they have got guns for us the Boys was just paid off when we got here.”  They are settling up the years clothing account and some are in a great deal of debt to the government.  “I don’t know how much I owe Uncle Sam but I guess I will find out this after noon”.  They have been ordered to be ready to march but he doesn’t know where.  Expects it is way out in front and they are going to fall back around Washington.  The have had 8 days rations ordered and there is talk of getting them again so they will be gone for some time.  Closing.

Direct your letters like this

Sergt P.L. Dumont

Co A 146 NY Vols

5th Corps

Washington DC