Washington D. C.
September 7th 1862
I shall keep all my promises as far as possible and will begin by scribbling you a few lines.
The regiment left Worcester about noon and left Battery Wharf (Boston) in the Steamer Merrimac Wednesday morning about 4 o’clock. I went to bed about 8 that night when we were just off “Holmes Hole.” Nearly all the men were very sea sick but I did not have the first symptoms of it.
The next day about noon we lost sight of land and saw nothing but water and a few sails till Saturday morning when we found ourselves at the mouth of the Potomac. The scenery on the banks of the Potomac is beautiful and cannot be excelled. On the left side about 5 miles below Alexandria we had an excellent view of “Mount Vernon”—the final resting place of that great general, Geo. Washington. It was a grand sight, I assure you. A view miles farther we passed under the guns of “Fort Washington,” which is on the right hand side of the river, and soon we anchored at a wharf in Alexandria. There I saw some of the 15th [Massachusetts] boys who were there on guard duty who told me that their regiment had gone back to Poolesville [Maryland].
We stayed in the boat that night and in the morning got into another and started for Washington, seven miles farther up. We landed somewhere and started for this place where we are now bivouacked, expecting to start at any minute. We had not been here long before I saw a cavalry man coming along and to my surprise, it was Gus Houghton. I told Nat of it and Nat and his father are now talking together. It is now nearly sunset and the company are falling in for a swim in the river and I guess I will go with them. I will write again as soon as possible.
Yours truly, — Charley
P. S. I am feeling first rate. Have not felt at all sick.
Direct your letter to Charles H. Howe, 36th Reg. Mass. Vol., Washington D. C.