Letter from Codman, Charles R.

Soldier: Codman, Charles R.
Allegiance: Union
Unit/Service Branch: 45th Artillery
Home State: Massachusetts
Date Written: Saturday, February 14th, 1863
Location: Newbern, N.C.
Correspondence Type: Letter
Subjects: Commanders, Comrades, Rumors, Strategy, Wife/Girlfriend
My Dearest Lucy, I wrote you hurried few lines the other day saying that I approved your determination not to come here. Further reflection only satisfies me more that your decision was wise and this particularly for the reason that you gave. I don’t know but that I may have written letters of such a character as to induce you after all to take the journey in which case you will believe before you have this but if this note finds you at home you will learn from it that much as I long to see you, I believe that both of us will be in the way of our duty if you remain with our children. I have received the package from Metcalf’s and its contents are very acceptable. Will you further send me a pair of elastic shoes which may be bought at Rice. Thick soled but not as thick as the army shoes. I should rather have had them than the army shoes. I want also some drawers that I mentioned in one of my letters to you when I asked you to bring them, some more white collars may be added to the list if not already there. I should like a pair of trousers from Huntington made of dark blue flannel with strip reinforced and long especially the last. You need not get me another pair of Nucle trousers. I am much occupied just now. A court martial takes up all my mornings and in the afternoons I take Dr. Lothrop out to see brigade drill which takes up pretty nearly all the time. I have not been on drill for some days, my back not being quite well and it being therefore prudent to abstain from riding. But I hope to do so tomorrow, I very much miss going to drill. Mrs. Peabody seems to enjoy being here and Dr. L takes the must immense interest in drills and wants to see everything. It is quite homey to see him and all the officers and soldiers if the regiment enjoy his being here. Things are generally in “status quo”. There has been a postponement of the Charleston affairs. General Foster returned here for one day and then went on to Washington. It is said that the navy were not ready. In the meantime there is nothing doing here. The troops that went with the general are at Port Royal. The 44th have returned from an expedition to Plymouth. They did nothing and did not meet the enemy. Feb. 10th I took my first ride today. I have quite recovered. Our court martial still drags along. We have tried three cases and there are five or six more. I see that McClellan has been received in Boston with a good deal of consideration. Would have taken Richmond if McDowell had been permitted to join him. I think it unfortunate that he is taken up by the Hawks as he seems to be. And yet the government deserves it for theirs is the blame for his failure. With regard to Fitz-John Porter’s case, I think the verdict of the court was right entirely and in my opinion Porter deserves to be shot. The peace democrats are too ineffably contemptible for any one to talk about. I go for arming the negroes and making soldiers of them. It should be the first step toward educating them for freedom. That they will fight I have no doubt although these sentiments are not popular with ‘regular’ officers. General Hunt (an old regular himself) told me the other evening that in his opinion the officers of the regular army were for the most part as narrow minded a set of men as he knew. They seem utterly unable to adapt themselves to the times. I have a very kind letter from Dick in which he expresses a great deal of gratitude for the guardianship that I have exercised over him in his minority. I think that no ward can ever have given his guardian less trouble than Dick has to me. He has always shown a wonderful tact and innate politeness which is unexampled at his age. I shall write him by this mail. Life is getting rather monotonous here. My occupations are constant and not disagreeable but there is no excitement in them. I am not dissatisfied that it is so for although I must have something for occupation, I have no morbid cravings for excitement. It seems as if something active must transpire here soon however. It is rumored that Hunter and Foster had a disagreement when they met at Port Royal. I yesterday received a letter from you. The more I receive your leers, the more convinced I am that you are learning to take responsibility and it is a good lesson, old Babe, isn’t it. Please send me a photograph book to hold 40 pictures. I am going to get the officer’s photographs. Also send me a package of photographs of myself in uniform. Love to my dear little people, Affectionately (Colonel C R Codman)