Folly Island S.C. Feb 21st 1864
It is with the greatest pleasure that I seat myself this Pleasant Sunday morning to inform you of my good health & comforts; I am enjoying the very best of health & I sincerely hope this will find my dear parents & friends at home enjoying the same great blessings. All the boys of your acquaintance here & in fact the whole regt is in as good health as ever was known. For the past five days we have had as cold weather as we have had this winter Friday night it snowed a little the only snow I have seen this winter. Well I have not much news to write you this time as everything is quiet & c. Eb Skellie is here we have been talking over old times. How we enjoyed ourselves & did not realize it, but I guess we would know how to enjoy the comforts of home now. Yesterday I was on picket had a good time. We are allowed fires now so that it is very agreeable, picketing even if it is cold. Since we came back from the march there has been nothing done except clean up for inspections which we have had about ever other day, bye the bye, they (the officers) are getting stylish or in other words they have got to putting on ďairsĒ & they are going most to far I think they will take a fall one of these days. War news is scarse here I have heard nothing from our armies in 2 weeks & suppose them to be doing nothing but no doubt they are preparing for the Spring campaigns. I am of the opinion that there will not be much more hard fighting one more great battle, at or near Chattanooga will be the winding up of the rebellion.
I suppose you at the north have got perfectly disgusted at soldiers there has been so many home (veterans) drinking & carousing about I expect they had a big drunk but do not think all soldiers like these for there is soldiers that think just as much of their good character as ever.
The firkin has not got along yet but we keep up good courage yet & look for it every mail or every boat. The mail has not got along this week but probably will be along tomorrow. Well I shall have to draw this scribbling to an end for the boys keep up such a clattering I must stop & go clattering too. Write soon. Good bye
Robt L. Coe
Excuse all & c.
( on the back of this letter is the beginning of a letter to cousin Edward Coe Co F 154th N.Y.V. - now in the Veteran Reserve Corps after being wounded July 1st 1863 in Gettysburg:)
Dear Cousin Edward I now sit doan to write to you Dear Cousin Edward
The 112th New York is attached to the 1st Brigade, Vodges' Division, District of Florida, to April, 1864.
The 112th New York is on the move again, to Jacksonville, Fla., reportedly to reinforce General Seymour after the Battle of Olustee.
Folly Island S.C. Feb 23d 64
I take this opportunity to inform you of journey for other parts. We are all ready to take transports which we probably shall to-morrow morning our destination is Jacksonville Florida. 2 brigades are going from here Fosters & Ames the report is that Gillmore has met with a partial defeat & we are going as reinforcements. We are all in good spirits & ready to serve our country in whatever way is required. Sergt Braistard, our orderly & other convalescents arrived last night just in time. I recd yours of the 8th & c. Braistard has given me the watch it suits me well. The firkin has not come.
I must stop for time is precious. Now dear parents do not trouble yourselves on my acct. I will write as soon as convenient at the first stopping place.
Robt L. Coe
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