Sergeant Chauncey Holcomb wrote letters while in Company F, 27th Massachusetts. November 23rd, 1861 at camp he wrote:
We went to the African Church too. Meeting was very much entertainment to hear the old negro talk and sing. When we got home the boys had supper all ready. They had invited in Uncle Frank and some other so that there was near about a dozen to eat. We had chicken, duck, roast beef, cake, cookies, apples and cigars. You may bet we had a great time. If you could have heard some of the toasts that was cracked and good wishes to the Jeanville Girls, you would wish to be a soldier. I guess the next company to us had something sent to them. They said there was 8 pounds weight. Each man had a chicken all stuffed and baked and lots of pies and cakes. Oh who wouldn’t be a soldier of Massachusetts about Thanksgiving Time? At every —– are all the good friends at home to think of us. Captain Thayer expects a box of things from home but they have not come yet. Captain has friends from Wertfield.