Letter from Chaplain Samuel Jessup, May 20, 1862, from Camp near Falmouth, Va.

Letter Transcribed and Contributed by Historian Chris Rasmussen

I wish you w d send me a dollars worth of 3¢ stamps as I cannot get them here under our new mail arrangement & I will pay for them.

Camp near Falmouth 20 May 1862

Dear Brother –

Today I send Mrs. Stout an order for two dollars which I trust you will be able to pay as she wants it – We are just again in a state of expectancy -waiting marching orders – Gen Ord has a new Division & Gen Shields reaches here with his Div today. – Making for full divisions in this for full divisions in this department enmass.

The RR bridge across the river is ready to use tonight– General Seymour – (a Lt in fort Sumter with Anderson} is in Gen Ords place at our Brigade – McCall retains his command & I hear he has quit his whiskey – if McClellan will wait a few days he will have about sixty {perhaps but fifty} thousand men from here to help him into Richmond – Our sick are all being sent back again – If we do get to Richmond soon (?) I may get home by the James River & Fort Monroe –

Well you have a great celebration of Fourth of July –

Very much love to all
Your aff bro
Samuel Jessup

I send a wild flower or two