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 Dear Parents and Wife;​-\\ ​ Dear Parents and Wife;​-\\ ​
    
-I take this opportunity to write to inform you that we are at the present at the same place where we were when last I wrote you.  I am enjoying good health at present.  I had a fit at Camp Stockton, and they said that it was a hard one; and I have been unwell ever since we have been here, and had another very hard fit, but I feel now as well as ever I felt in my entire life.  +I take this opportunity to write to inform you that we are at the present at the same place where we were when last I wrote you.  I am enjoying good health at present.  I had a fit at Camp Stockton, and they said that it was a hard one; and I have been unwell ever since we have been here, and had another very hard fit, but I feel now as well as ever I felt in my entire life. \\ ​
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 I often think of Eliza, my wife, and George and Father and Mother.  I have been on picket* duty once since I have been here; I was on about 30 hours and then returned to Camp again on Saturday the 12th about 11 o’clock.  Then we had nothing to do only to attend to answer our names when the roll was called, so I went to the captain and got a pass for Dave and myself and went out in the town; there we went to a place and called for supper and we had a good one; we called for ham and eggs and we got it.  They were good too, for they were rarity to us, for we have nothing here but boiled beef and those sea biscuits, and they are so hard as the rocks.  Some times we have fried bacon and that is not extra and sometimes we have beans in soup.  Today I see we are going to have some hominy for dinner, but I don’t know whether I shall get any of it or not, for every one dips into it when ever he gets a chance.  I should like for you to see us when meals are served; to see them with their dishes and cups, running like pigs to a trough for swill, and it is the best one that gets there first.\\ ​ I often think of Eliza, my wife, and George and Father and Mother.  I have been on picket* duty once since I have been here; I was on about 30 hours and then returned to Camp again on Saturday the 12th about 11 o’clock.  Then we had nothing to do only to attend to answer our names when the roll was called, so I went to the captain and got a pass for Dave and myself and went out in the town; there we went to a place and called for supper and we had a good one; we called for ham and eggs and we got it.  They were good too, for they were rarity to us, for we have nothing here but boiled beef and those sea biscuits, and they are so hard as the rocks.  Some times we have fried bacon and that is not extra and sometimes we have beans in soup.  Today I see we are going to have some hominy for dinner, but I don’t know whether I shall get any of it or not, for every one dips into it when ever he gets a chance.  I should like for you to see us when meals are served; to see them with their dishes and cups, running like pigs to a trough for swill, and it is the best one that gets there first.\\ ​
    
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 P.S.  Henry Woodard and Sam Green are well and in good spirits and send their best respects to you all.  Write soon and let me know how you are getting along.  Direct your letters to me at Ellicott’s Mills, Baltimore County, Md.  12th Regiment.\\ ​ P.S.  Henry Woodard and Sam Green are well and in good spirits and send their best respects to you all.  Write soon and let me know how you are getting along.  Direct your letters to me at Ellicott’s Mills, Baltimore County, Md.  12th Regiment.\\ ​
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 +Camp Johnson, Maryland\\ ​
 +September 25th, 1862\\ ​
    
    
-  +Dear Parents and Wife;-\\  
-                   Camp Johnson, Maryland\\  +I take my pen in hand to write to you to inform you that I am well at present and hope that these few lines will find you the same.  I said that I would write no more letters to you; I have written two letters to you since I have been here and have not yet received any answer.  I think very hard of you for not writing to me if you have received them; if you did not receive them I will excuse you; I tell you that I want to hear from home; I want to hear how Eliza and George are getting along and all the rest of you.\\ ​
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-Dear Parents and Wife;- +
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-I take my pen in hand to write to you to inform you that I am well at present and hope that these few lines will find you the same.  I said that I would write no more letters to you; I have written two letters to you since I have been here and have not yet received any answer.  I think very hard of you for not writing to me if you have received them; if you did not receive them I will excuse you; I tell you that I want to hear from home; I want to hear how Eliza and George are getting along and all the rest of you. +
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 I stated in my other letter all about from the time that we left Woodbury until we arrived here.  We have nothing to do here at present but go out on picket and guard and drill once or twice in a day.  When we go out on picket we stay 24 hours, and when we are on guard we stay 24 hours and then we come off and the next day we can get a pass to go out in the town until 6 o’clock; and the next day we are put on police duty – that is to clean up the streets between the tents.  When we go on guard we are put on in alphabetical order and every one takes his turn according to his name.\\ ​ I stated in my other letter all about from the time that we left Woodbury until we arrived here.  We have nothing to do here at present but go out on picket and guard and drill once or twice in a day.  When we go out on picket we stay 24 hours, and when we are on guard we stay 24 hours and then we come off and the next day we can get a pass to go out in the town until 6 o’clock; and the next day we are put on police duty – that is to clean up the streets between the tents.  When we go on guard we are put on in alphabetical order and every one takes his turn according to his name.\\ ​
    
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 From Your Son and Husband\\ ​ From Your Son and Husband\\ ​
 C. W. Gamble.\\ ​ C. W. Gamble.\\ ​
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 Camp Johnson,​\\ ​ Camp Johnson,​\\ ​
 Ellicott’s Mills, Maryland.\\ ​ Ellicott’s Mills, Maryland.\\ ​
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 C. W. Gamble.\\ ​ C. W. Gamble.\\ ​
 Good Bye.\\ ​ Good Bye.\\ ​
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 Camp Johnson,​\\ ​ Camp Johnson,​\\ ​
 Ellicott’s Mills, Md.\\  Ellicott’s Mills, Md.\\ 
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 C. W. Gamble.\\ ​ C. W. Gamble.\\ ​
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 Camp Johnson,​\\ ​ Camp Johnson,​\\ ​
 Ellicott’s Mills, Md.\\  Ellicott’s Mills, Md.\\ 
 October 30th, 1862\\ ​ October 30th, 1862\\ ​
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 To my dear and Affectionate Wife and Parents;​-\\ ​ To my dear and Affectionate Wife and Parents;​-\\ ​
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 From Your Son and Husband—C. W. Gamble\\ ​ From Your Son and Husband—C. W. Gamble\\ ​
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 Camp Johnson, Maryland\\ ​ Camp Johnson, Maryland\\ ​
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