Camp of the 140th Regt. N. Y. Vols.
Near Petersburg, Va.
January 9th 1865
Yours of no date arrived safe last eve. Glad to learn by perusal you were well & in fine spirits hoping this may find you enjoying your usual gaiety. This leaves me in my usual health & spirits & which I am I hopes of enjoying for a long time. I find by rehearsal of yours that Frederick Schlan has been exchanged and is at Annapolis very ill of which I am very sorry to learn but hope he may soon recover to enjoy his usual health.
I was extremist glad to learn you had a good time during the holidays & hope I may be with you next Christmas. I have been on picket during the past three days. The time passed off quite pleasant though not as pleasant as I had an idea it would for it rained nearly all the time the first day & the following two were very cold—frost every morning for the past two. The weather has been some warmer today & tonight it has the appearance of rain. Last night the [F__] made a terrible racket along the picket line. I rather think they were playing log or hide & seek.
Yesterday the 2nd Corps advanced their picket line on the left flank, driving in the Johnnies & capturing quite a large number. About daylight this morning the enemy made another dash on the Ninth Corps pickets in front of the Cockade Artillery but what the result was, I did not learn. I have not much news to relate this time so will close for the present by asking a request of Father—viz: Please tell him to send me a pocket knife, some good pens (Gillots) & a good Dira if he has not sent me and by complying with the request he will great oblige his faithful & obedient son, — C. C. Miller
Oh yes, have him send some nutmeg & this stuff put into pancakes to make them tight. Mr. Booth will bring them with him when he returns for the field. — Chas.