December 7, 1863

Head-Quarters, First Division, Department West. Va, Harper’s Ferry, Va.

Special Orders No. 46

Lieut A.S. Buchanan an A.D.C. is hereby ordered to proceed to the Head Quarters of the Department of Cumberland Md, to transact business connected with this office, after which he will return and report himself for duty at these Head Quarters.

Quarter Masters Department will furnish the necessary transportation.

Special Orders [Alexander Simms Buchanan Civil War Collection]

November 28, 1863

Head Quarters, First Division Dept. West Virginia, Harper’s Ferry, Va.

Special Orders No. 39

Lieut. A.S. Buchanan A.D.C. is hereby ordered to proceed to Washington, D.C. in charge of a citizen prisoner (Moses Ankew) ordered to be forwarded to that place by order of the Secretary of War.

The Dept.  Quartermaster will furnish the necessary transportation.

Special Orders [Alexander Simms Buchanan Civil War Collection]

November 2, 1863

Head-Quarters, First Division, Department West. Va, Harper’s Ferry, Va.

Special Orders No. extract

Lieut. A.S. Buchanan A.D.C. and Lieut. Nims 1st N.Y. Cavalry are hereby ordered to proceed to Martinsburg Va. and inspect the 12th Penn Cavalry ascertaining the condition and efficiency of Officers and men of that Regiment.

They will report themselves for duty at their Headquarters tomorrow Nov 3d.

The Quarter Master will furnish the necessary transportation.

Special Orders [Alexander Simms Buchanan Civil War Collection]

October 23, 1863

Treasury Department, Third Auditor’s Office

Sir,

Agreeably to you your request in your letter of 17th inst. I have caused an examination to be made and find that you are not charged on the books of this office. I cannot certify that you are “not indebted to the United States” as it is impossible for me to know what liabilities exist against officers for money or property the receipts have not yet reached this office, or may be contained in accounts not yet settled.

Your letter has been referred to 2d Auditor for reply as to Ordinance.

Auditor to A. S. Buchanan [Alexander Simms Buchanan Civil War Collection]

October 17, 1863

Camp near Centreville Va

Dear Mother

I have just heard of an opportunity to get a mail out, I have only time to write a word to let you know that we are both well. We have been knocking about for more than a week and had no mails out. I have been writing a long letter to Mary at odds and ends, I shall send it tonight and will tell her to send it to you. I will write again in a few days. We hold a very strong [illegible] and no one anticipates a fight here. So you need not feel worried. It is so dark I cannot see the lines and am writing on my knee. We have not had any mail for over a week. We expect to get one tonight. Ned and George are both well. Tell Mrs. Whittier as they are not going to write.

Charles O. Hunt to his mother [Charles O. Hunt letters and personal recollections]

October 12, 1863

Head-Quarters, Department of West Virginia, Clarksburg, W. Va

General Orders, No. 12

The troops stationed at Harper’s Ferry and Martinsburg, W. Va., and generally, on the line of Baltimore and Ohio Rail Road from Monocacy River west to Sleepy Creek, will constitute the First Division of this Department.

Brig. General J. C. Sullivan, U.S. Vols., is assigned to the command.

General Orders [Alexander Simms Buchanan Civil War Collection]

 

October 8, 1863

Camp near Culpepper Va.

Dear Cornelia,

[...] I find a great difficulty in commencing my letter, to know what to write as you did, for everything in the Army of the Potomac is in a great state of stagnation as in the [illegible] of Gettysburg. Nothing is being done. And there is no prospect of any change at present. Our signal officers know the key to their system of signals and can read their dispatches. One of our officers told us of a dispatch he saw sent to Lee the other day stating that “the army of the Potomac was retreating and that this was confirmed by deserters that came daily with their lines” I think that if they should come over to this side of the river some fine morning they would hardly find a clear country for them to occupy. Meanwhile we are enjoying life hugely. [...]

Charles O. Hunt to friend [Charles O. Hunt letters and personal recollections]

September 27, 1863

Camp near Culpepper Va

Dear Miss Lizzie,

I suppose you consider that I owe you a letter, as yours of July 4th was the last regular letter to pass between us. That letter, by the way, came to me in a very round-about way. It went first to the army, then to Gettysburg, then to [illegible], where I found it after returning from your house. I have it before me now [...]

Charles O. Hunt to his mother [Charles O. Hunt letters and personal recollections]

September 22, 1863

Camp near Culpepper Va

Dear Mother,

I suppose you will be expecting a letter from me before this reaches you. I would have written you last night, but was rather tired and went to bet instead. I arrived here Sunday evening. I should have preferred to come another day, but could not very well keep it as I will explain. I had the unluckiest time in Washington I ever had. [...] Continue reading