Chattanooga Dec 19th/.63
I recd your kind & welcome letter of Dec 10th to day & was glad to hear from you. The stamp's were all right.
Our regt has been doing picket duty about six miles to the front for the past eight days & we were just
relieved & returned to camp to day. The weather is cold for this country. I can assure you.
It makes a man shiver on a picket outpost without fire. these cold nights but there is one
consolation there are no
reb's to pop a man over with an ounce of lead every time
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he shows his face. I saw Capt Wright to night.
He said there were a good many inquiries about me which he answered to the best of his ability
for which I of course thanked him. He said also that you were at his house but he was not at
home. I wish you could have seen him. You would have found him a fine, agreeable old fellow.
Everything about here runs smoothly as ever. There are no great military movements being made
at the present time. The 4th, 11th & 15th Army Corps which have been up toward Knoxville
have all returned. There is as yet no positive information as to the results of Burnsides
fighting other than that he has
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given Longstreet a severe punishing. Well I
had to stop & eat my supper. I tell you we had a tiptop one. It consisted of a Johnny Cake
baked in a old fashioned bake kettle, coffee & bacon. It was a supper good enough for a king.
I am becoming quite an expert in the science of cooking. Especially of the kinds of grub
furnished a soldier. You ask what are the prospects of getting a furlough. I think they are
poor. There are so many of the old regiments reenlisting in the veteran service & are all
having furloughs allowed them that I hardly think we will get any this winter.
Well when I get to go home I want to
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have this war wound up so that I will not
have to come back again. I should like very much to attend some of those tea parties of
which you speak. I think if you only had a box of hard tack & side of bacon to display
upon a table that the demand for tickets would diminish for I hardly think they would
please the fastidious appetites of some of the gay & festive young people which throng
such places. Could they only be convinced that they are better than all the cake & pie
ever mixed perhaps the draft would be unnecessary. Well I can't think of anything of
interest or importance. Write often as convenient & I will do likewise.
Give my best respects to all & C Your's truly F.A. Pettibone Co. G, 105, 004,