Letter from A. Curtin Gregg, from Camp Pierpont, January 6, 1861

A most interesting and well-written piece of correspondence authored by Private Andrew Curtin Gregg, of Centre County, Pennsylvania. The letters content reveals his strong desire to visit family and get affairs in order while the Army still remain in Camp Pierpont, at Langley, Virginia (now the home of the Central Intelligence Agency).

Headquarters of Company “E.,” 5th Reserve Reg’t.,
Langley, Virginia, Jan. 6th, 1862

To His Excellency,
Hon. A. G. Curtin,
Governor of Pennsylvania.

D. Sir:- Seven months have passed since I left may little family and my “unfinished business,” in the borough of Milesburg, in obedience to your call and came to Harrisburg, where with the “Centre Guards” (then) Capt. Gregg, I was regularly mustered into service as a member of your Reserve, an organization of which I am to-day, indeed, proud to be a member, composed as it is of the flower of Northern manhood.

As I said, “seven months have passed since I left my little family and my ‘unfinished business’” and I feel, now a desire to return for a short period to enjoy the fond smiles and caresses of the former and to properly adjust the latter. Certainly, if compatible with the country’s interest – and there can be no reason why it is not – I feel it due to me that I should have the privilege of, at least, once, in a term of service, communing with the dear ones at home. I feel, also, that this is the most auspicious time for that purpose, for, with the advance of our army, which muster ere long take place, I would be more restitute, and the opportunity must less now to look upon them once again. Besides who knows but I may fall, and if this thought more than any other that makes me delirious to return and adjust my affairs to as to give no unnecessary inconvenience in that event.

My object in writing to you is simply this: From all I can understand there is not the best feeling existing between our gallant Colonel and Gen. Reynolds, and, per consequence, furloughs and passes signed by the former generally return from the latter unapproved. For this feeling between officers I think men ought not to be the sufferers.

You will, therefore, confer a very especial favor if you will write to the General, asking a furlough, for me; and enclose it to my address, so that I can take letter and furlough to him at once and the same time, earnestly hoping you will not fail, to comply with my request immediately. I am, Respectfully,

Your Most Obedient,
Humble Servant,
A. Curtin Glenn.

P.S. – Col. Simmons is disposed to favor me, and would sign a furlough, for me, had he the assurance that it would be approved by Gen. Reynolds.