MCWL_111: George W. Gould to his mother 3-29-64

MCWL_111: Camp Wellington, near Portsmouth VA, Mar. 29, 1864; George W. Gould to his mother

Camp Wellington

Near Portsmouth V.A. Mar 29th, 1864

Dear Mother

Having a few leisure moments I thought I would write you a few lines to let you know where I am and how I do I am well all but a bad cold as most of the boys have and I hope 111 Thumbthis will find you all well.

We started from Boston last Wednesday noon and arrived at this place last Saturday night about 6 oclock pretty well tired out and today is the first time we have had shelter that is all of us there being but eight tents for some 75 men some laid out doors and others staid [sic] at the Cavalry quarters I among the rest so I got along very well only the weather is very cold and disagreeable.

We have just had orders to be ready for a march at a minutes notice            with one hundred rounds of cartridges but where we are going I don’t know but such is the fortunes of war.

I can’t write you more this time but will write you again soon please give my love to Father and all the rest and receive a large share yourself and excuse haste.

Write soon and direct to Portsmouth V.A. Co F 25th Mass Vol

This from your Son

Geo. W. Gould