Letter from Matteson, Justus G.

Soldier: Matteson, Justus G.
Allegiance: Union
Unit/Service Branch: 10th Cavalry
Home State: New York
Date Written: Tuesday, March 28th, 1865
Location: Ft. Stedman
Correspondence Type: Letter
Subjects: Combat Description, Commanders, Drilling, Eastern Theater, Friends, Politics, Prisoner, Strategy
Camp of the 10th N.Y. Cav.

Friend Mary,

I recieved your letter last night and now improve the first oportunity to answer it. for I can not say when I shall have another chance to write. we are now expecting a move every day.

Gen. Sheridan arrived here with his Cav. last night. It is thought that we will join him and then go to meet Gen. Sherman, although there is nothing definite. It is now warm and pleasant here. fruit trees are in bloom, citizans are getting in their cropps as fast as possible.

Last saturday at 4 a.m. the Rebs charged one of our forts just up in front of our camp and took it. they pulled our fellows out of bed. told them that they was giving furlows. they took them (the 14th heavy Artillery) a most all prisonors. now was not that to bad to be routed perhaps from pleasant dreams to find themselves prisoners, But they had to take their turn. The Rebs got through our lines for some ways.

Our men closed up the gap when they came in and cut them off and having a cross fire on them they had to surrender, some 3,500 of them. there was a great many of them (others) killed and wounded. The same day on our extreme left the 5th and 2nd Corps had a fight and took as many more prisoners.

It is the opinion here that this war can not last but a few more months longer. I for one hope it will not.

My Uncle that was in the 185th was Fathers half brother (see note). He lived up near the County House.

I have not been over to the 185th in a long time.

Mary, Pleas except the Album as a token of esteem and grattitude from me.

I am sorry that I have not a photograph to put in it. I think you have.

Yes, yes, would that I could say Home again. I may not ever have the chance but provided I do I think I'll know how to appreciate them.

Lt. says saddle up for drill.

Well, Mary, just as we got ready to drill there was an order came to get ready to break camp. I presume that we will have to leave these quarters some time tonight. It seems a most like leaving home we have been here so long. Mary do not delay writing on act of our moving. I may not have a chance to write you in some time. I remain as ever your Friend

J. G. Matteson