Aug. 4th 1861|
I wrote you yesterday and now again, wont you get tired hearing from me ? The reason I write now is that I have just sent my pay accounts down to St. Louis to C. W. Ford 1 requesting him to draw the money andExpress it to you. I want you to give each of the children a quarter for their pa, keep fifty dollars and turn the balance over to the store.
I received a letter from Mr. Duncan 2 yesterday and one the day before. You can say to him that as Col. of a Regt. I have no appointments outside of the Regt. and as Brig. Gen. should I get the appointment, none outside the Army. In the latter position however it might be possible to secure him a place either with the Quarter Master or Commissary of the Brigade if either of these officers should have a place to fill. I am not a Brigadier General yet though and cannot build upon what I will do; do not even know where it may carry me.
We will all be away from here by next Thursday. 3 On the line of the Hannibal & St. Jo Railroad seems to be our destination. Soldiers always like to keep moving and are consequently delighted with the change. The weather has been intolerably warm here for the last week, which, with bad water, has made a great many of our men sick. A change always restores a great many.
I expect to go to St. Louis soon after leaving here, for a day or two, but will not be able to go out to see your father. If I knew