Letter from Jeremiah R. Imbri, Co. K, from Camp Tenally, dated September 12, 1861

Jeremiah R. Imbri, Wilson Rifles, Co. K, 10th Pa. Reserves.
Sept. 12, 1861 [Beaver Weekly Argus: 9-18-1861]

Camp Tenelly, D.C. –

There is quite an improvement in our camp within the past few days in the way of cleanliness; the streets are swept almost daily, and all the rubbish accumulated in camp removed regularly; and particular attention is given to the condition of the clothing belonging to each individual; besides these there can be seen before almost every tent from one to three pines or cedars, which not only adds to the appearance of our camp, but to comfort and health.

There is not a great deal of military news of importance, there be but little more than usual occurring.

Yesterday Gov. Curtin presented on behalf of the loyal citizens of Pennsylvania, each regiment with a beautiful flag, at the close of which he addressed us [with] a short but patriotic speech, but only a part of the large audience could hear him.

The Confederates’ battery which was placed on an eminence at Great Falls has been withdrawn. They commenced their fire on Thursday at our pickets, but were silenced when returned several times by the 7th Pa. Reserves. They resumed their fire on Saturday and even attempted to cross the river by constructing a temporary bridge, but were repulsed by Campbell’s artillery, who were there on guard. After discharging fifty-five rounds the rebels retired, taking their battery with them. Several were reported killed. There is still a small force of the enemy stationed about six miles from the Chain bridge. If it their intention to make an attack they will certainly do so to their sorrow, as General McClellan is always on the alert, and if necessary can bring together over a hundred thousand men within six hours, whilst the enemy cannot raise more than fifty or sixty thousand under Gen. Johnston’s command.

Mr. Lowe of Philadelphia arrived last week and with Gen. McClellan made a balloon ascent by which a battery commanding the Leesburg pike was discovered. The citizens here do not feel much fear of the rebels.

Since commencing these few lines a man in company K named Robert Perry, from New Castle, while standing guard accidentally shot himself through the head. A part of Leasure’s regiment paid us a visit on Saturday. We were very glad to see them. No event of importance has happened to-day. But as the shades of the evening are thickening, I must close.