United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865; Bruen, Luther Barnett--Correspondence
Camp Near Peola Mills Nov. 24. 1863 My Dear Wife: I rec'd the socks + pin-cushion last night. The socks are just the things and I do not doubt that I shall get a great deal of comfort out of them. I am very much obliged, but sorry you put yourself to so much trouble to finish them so soon. Sella present is a very nice one + besides I needed it; so it was very acceptable. I am glad to know that she can use her needle so well. You can give her ever so many kisses on my account, for the cushion. I sent you my pay account for November by the mail yesterday with instructions for getting *them* cashed - Herein, I enclose, a check for $80. Let somebody take it to Johnson Perrine or to the Bank + sell it. Johnson's interest amounts to $87.50 as I find on calculation, so I don't think I would take it to him, unless you have the money to pay the whole of it. It should have been paid in September. I also send the trunk key. I yesterday wrote to New York about it again. You will find some copies of my *carte* in it, please send me a couple of them. Mimmack gave his to the sister of Capt. King and I promised him another. There is a rumor that we are to move forward on Wednesday; I don't know how *true* it is. Having written to you so often lately + having nothing new to say I will close by sending you all the love I have on hand. I hope to have more for the next letter. By the way, I almost forgot to tell you what I heard about my promotion yesterday. An officer told me he had rec'd a letter from the Chief Clerk in the Q.M. Department, in which it was stated that I was Lt Col of the 10th. This is now stationed at Fort La Fayette. If this should prove to be true, I don't think it probable that I would be ordered there unless I was to relieve Col. Burke. It wouldn't be at all agreeable to be cooped up in that ancient *fortress* with that ancient gentleman. *How would* like another winter so near New York? Good bye dearest LBBuen Maj. 12th Inf Capt Putnam sends his regards.
Catharine Mitchill '31 Collection of Family Letters, Wellesley College Library, Special Collections