Camp 16th Me. Vols.
May 24, 1865
I received your letter a few days since and I was glad to hear that you had arrived at your place of destination all right and that you liked so well. Probably it will not be long before you can command a high wage in the mill as any of them.
The prospect looks rather discouraging about my getting home soon. I believe they are going to discharge all of the old embers of the regiment and the one year men of ’64 whose times are out prior to October 1st right away and as my time is not out until a year from next August, I suppose I shall have to serve a while longer. But I guess I’m good for another year yet.
The Army of the Potomac was reviewed yesterday in Washington and Sherman’s army is being reviewed today. They are having great times in Washington. There is visitors there from nearly every State in the Union.
I am enjoying very good health at present. Have been pretty busy since we came here, squaring the company books and papers after final settlement. I don’t know what will become of me when the regiment is broken up but suppose I shall be transferred to some Veteran State Regiment which idea I don’t like very well. John McGinley is well. He is at Brigade Headquarters yet.
We changed camping ground a few days ago and are now encamped near a place called Balls Crossroads about four miles from the City of Washington. We are having some very fine weather out here at present but for the last week until yesterday it was very wet and muddy most of the time.
I believe I have nothing more to write this time. Remember me to Edwin, Frank, & Hick. Write as soon as convenient. From your affectionate brother, — Albert C. Brown
To Wilber F. Brown, Esqr., Manchester New Hampshire