Fairfax Station, Virginia: 1863.
4 pages (front and back) with each two-page spread measuring 8.25 x 10.25, Fairfax Station, Virginia, March 6, 1863. Written by Pvt. Harry Noyes of the short-lived 2nd Vermont Brigade on colorized patriotic stationery depicting the image of George Washington, surrounded by banners commemorating the 132nd anniversary of his birth. Signed with initials to "Dear Laura," in small part: "...You speak of some men there who may have to shoulder their knapsacks and come out here. I will tell you what I know about that...I saw an article in the Washington Star which stated that the President was very soon going to make a Draft of six hundred thousand more men and if that is so...some of your Rail Road street pimps have got to come out here just about the time that I get home...and I shall be here to see some of them start. There was a sad affair in our Company yesterday....R. E. Bacon, son of John Bacon at the Center Village (Vermont), cut his throat with a razor and died in 10 minutes. I was in my tent about 10 feet from his and I heard no sounds what-so-ever...he was breathing his last...to (sic) far gone then to speak. About the Draft that I know is as I say and I will tell you how I know. There are three hundred thousand men that are going out in May (discharged)...and their places must be filled between this and the first day of June. It is almost time for our dress parade and I must close now..." Small stains on the lower left portion of the first page, which bleed through to the third page; horizontal folds, but still very good condition.
The 2nd Vermont Brigade was comprised of men who had entered the service on August 4, 1862 and who were discharged in May, 1863. The Brigade spent most of its short career in the defenses of Washington, in and around Fairfax, Virginia.