Will Fisher to his mother
Camp Stoneman
January 18, 1862

Illustration at top of stationary reads: We Must Keep All The Stars

Dear Mother,

It is a wet rainy, gloomy day & there is nothing to do so I will write a letter to you. I have written four letters this morning, one to Ben McLean, one to Dan Smart, one to Jim Skinner & one to Cortie Skinner. There is nothing I take more pleasure in than writing. I write one a day, very near, & I do not get more than one in ten days. I receive one from John dated Jan. 2. He was on his way back to his school. He was at Rutland waiting for the cars. He said he was going to teach singing school in addition to his school. When you write I want you to tell me whether he had any one home with him. You know he said he was going to bring some one home with him.
I suppose you have received my money by this time. I m afraid you will think I didn’t send enough, for it is not my blame that I didn’t get any more a month. You know I owed some of it to Ab & Nels & I kept only 7.00 which I intend to take care of. The next payment we will be paid the same. This is 26.00, 2 month’s pay. Ab got no more than Nels Holden. Nels sent home 50, but it was owing to him. Ab had only 50 coming to him. I expect you got yours last night or will tonight.
The first of March I think I will be able to send home 20.00, but I am afraid we will not stay in the service two months longer, but you see the officers want it to last as long as they can make it to as to pay their debts, but I think it must come after awhile.
They have commenced disbanding regts. already & they are at work in congress to disband all but 98 regts. I hope it won’t disband this regt. I don’t want you to get your mind made up that I am coming home right off, for I may be gone longer than you anticipate, but I think I shall be home by the first of April or sooner.
I guess I have written enough for today. I don’t know but you may think I write too much more than, but I guess you find time to read them if you have to sit up nights I am sure to find time to read all I get. I have written some of the best looking letters today I ever did send and I have not been more than half an hour writing this.
Aunt Sarah, how are you now? I want you to be well enough to take a ride with me when I come home some nice day.
Is there any thing going on at home or is it still? Is there any sleighing? Our Lieut. Robertson is going home this afternoon. He will be in Cambridge some time next week if you want to see him, but I must close.

Much love to all
From Will