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 BELTSVILLE, Md., May 16, 1861. BELTSVILLE, Md., May 16, 1861.
  
-FRIEND JONY: Though you are indebted to me for about a dozen or less letters, I thought I would drop you a line from this part of the World. This is a place on the Washington Junction of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, 28 wiles from Baltimore,​and 12 from Washington. Our business here is to protect the Railroad and Telegraph, and not allow them to be torn up by the Secessionists. Our labor here is very severe, and our fare very bad. We sleep in cedar huts, of our own construction,​ which are not very comfortable,​ as the nights are cold. When it rains, we wear our wet clothes until the sun comes out and dries them. Its real fun, aint it? Our food consists of beans, pork and coffee, with breed or crackers. Lately, however, when we have crackers, we have nothing else; and when we hate meat, there is nothing with it. We do our own cooking, when we have anything to cook, and have but one kettle which is used for everything. ​+FRIEND JONY: Though you are indebted to me for about a dozen or less letters, I thought I would drop you a line from this part of the World. This is a place on the Washington Junction of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, 28 miles from Baltimore,​and 12 from Washington. Our business here is to protect the Railroad and Telegraph, and not allow them to be torn up by the Secessionists. Our labor here is very severe, and our fare very bad. We sleep in cedar huts, of our own construction,​ which are not very comfortable,​ as the nights are cold. When it rains, we wear our wet clothes until the sun comes out and dries them. Its real fun, aint it? Our food consists of beans, pork and coffee, with bread or crackers. Lately, however, when we have crackers, we have nothing else; and when we have meat, there is nothing with it. We do our own cooking, when we have anything to cook, and have but one kettle which is used for everything. ​
  
 The Bible tells us that the "Foxes have holes;"​ but if you were to see the number that prowl about our camp-fires at night, you would think they did not know where their holes were. Our hardest duty is at night, when we are required to patrol the Railroad, with our loaded muskets and revolver. There a Company of Secession Light Horse drilling near here, but they have given us a wide berth as yet.— There are 10,000 Southern troops reported at Harper'​s Ferry this morning, and an attack is expected at the Relay House, to which we are directed to repair on signal. The nights here are rendered brilliant by the signals of enemies from neighboring hills; they are wasting any quantity of blue lights and rockets. ​ The Bible tells us that the "Foxes have holes;"​ but if you were to see the number that prowl about our camp-fires at night, you would think they did not know where their holes were. Our hardest duty is at night, when we are required to patrol the Railroad, with our loaded muskets and revolver. There a Company of Secession Light Horse drilling near here, but they have given us a wide berth as yet.— There are 10,000 Southern troops reported at Harper'​s Ferry this morning, and an attack is expected at the Relay House, to which we are directed to repair on signal. The nights here are rendered brilliant by the signals of enemies from neighboring hills; they are wasting any quantity of blue lights and rockets. ​
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