Note: Frederick Maryland Barracks,
December 10, 1861 signed by JHCW in
Sentinal issue of December 18, 1861 is
Corporal Joseph H.C. Wills who enlisted
August 21, 1861 and died February 28,
Frederick, Maryland, Dec.10 
R.G.Harper,Dear Sir: - I embrace
this opportunity to write you a few
lines. We are still here in our tents
at the east end of the Barracks, and
in all probability will winter here.
This is the best place we can get for
stabling. We drill four hours each day
Maj general Banks and units arrived in
the city on Wednesday last and now
occupy the house on Third St, formerly
the residence of B.T. Johnson, now a
Captain in the Rebel army.
Our Company (Keystone Rangers) are
under the immediate command of Maj. Gen.
Banks at present. We have been doing
duty as bearers of dispatches for the
last few days between the different
camps. About 20 of our men are out now
as .....cugers. Signals are exchanged
and rockets thrown up from the camp of
the Wisconsin Third Regiment and the
Sugar Loaf Mountain nightly. Col. Roger,
of the above regiment, has been
appointed Provost Marshal of the city.
There are three Brigades encamped
within three miles of this city viz:
Gen. Abercrombie's east; Gen Hamilton's
south east, (and Perkins Battery
nearby) Gen William's Brigade west, at
the edge of the mountains. All the
camps are abundantly supplied with
pure mountain water. The First
Regiment of the Home Brigade moved
their tents last week, and are now
encamped two miles north of the
Barracks on the farm of Mr. Worman.
There are between 12 and 13 thousand
men in and around the city.
Heavy cannonading was heard here
today in the direction of Harper's
Ferry. We are getting quite expert at
our drill horses are being trained
quite rapidly. In a few weeks we
expect to get our new uniforms from
the Government. No doubt Uncle Sam
intends giving us a "Christmas Gift".
We have no swords yet, but will get
them in a few days. Business in the
city is very brisk. The glorious old
Flag is flying from all public
buildings and also from many private
residences. Gen Banks has been ill for
a few days, but he is considered
The weather continues very fine.
The air is soft and balmy as that of
spring. Our tents are very bad, being
torn up by the wind. We expect soon to
get others. ALBERT M. HUNTER, formerly
of Gettysburg, has been elected Second
Lieutenant of our Company in place of
Lieut. MORRISON, who was elected First
Lieut in the room of Lieut. J.M. ANNAN,
deceased. Lieut. HUNTER has made
himself very popular with the men. He
is a good officer and none know him
but love him.
There are four companies of cavalry
quartered on the Fair Grounds around
the Barracks Cole's Rangers,
Capt.Cole; Keystone Rangers, Capt.
HORNER; and two companies from Van
Alien's New York cavalry Regiment.
GEO.W.SCHRIVER has been appointed
Corporal of our company. No more at