Camp near Falmouth [[VA]]
May 21st, 1863
Will you please send my pants & vest by express direction to William F Nye, Washington. Send the receipt by mail to the same address stating that it is a package for me. There is no news round here. We have commenced the inevitable series of reviews that must come off before we advance again, and the next month will probably be devoted to reorganizing, given a chance for a grand display of administrative ability. Capt. Taft of the 5th N.Y. Battery says it is now a regular routine, so many reviews, so many inspections and a thrashing.
I met yesterday a Capt. Huntington of an Ohio Battery, nephew of Mr.Asahel H. of Salem. Has my allotment reached you yet? Please send me $3 worth of postage stamps as I am all out.
Charles A. Phillips
From the collection at the Steven Phillips Trust House, Salem, MA