Letter from Thomas Henry, from Camp Curtin, Dated July 24, 1861

July 24, 1861,
Camp Curtin, Harrisburg –

We arrived here at 11 o’clock last night, and immediately went into Camp Curtin. Our trip from Pittsburgh was very pleasant indeed. I was on the platform of the cars almost from the time we started until evening, and was fully compensated for the weariness it occasioned by the beautiful scenery of the country, and especially that of the mountains between Cresson and Altoona. I have read much of the beauty of Juniata valley, but it far surpassed any description. It seems the very place for romance and adventure; and it is [understandable] that the poor Indian clung to it with the fondest attachment. We fared very well along the road, every little town having some eatables prepared, especially at Huntingdon, where we had quite a feast. Here we went supperless to bed, on the ground in the open air. I slept very soundly and awoke much refreshed.

Two other regiments came from Easton a few hours later. There are now four regiments here being armed and equipped very rapidly, carrying the old musket. The Second Penna. Reserve is now (3 o’clock) marching to the cars. We are all well and in the best of spirits. We leave either to-night or in the morning, destination Baltimore. It cheered our hearts to learn that the first news of the battle was greatly exaggerated. Although it was repulse, it will only make the traitors defeat ten times more terrible.1

Thomas Henry2

  1. Beaver Weekly Argus: August 14, 1861
  2. Private Thomas Henry, Pittsburg Rifles, Company A, 9th PA Reserves