Wednesday, February 5, 1862
In a letter to his father from Camp Benton Lieutenant Henry Abbott expressed his frustration from the cessation of military activity during winter. "I am horribly afraid we shan't see any more service & that the fighting will all be done in the rear of the Southern Potomac army. ... If a fellow should go through the war & never be in any thing but that murderous little skirmish where we got licked, it would be outrageous. But such seems the prospect now."1
1Robert Garth Scott, editor, Fallen Leaves: The Civil War Letters of Major Henry Livermore Abbott (Kent, Ohio: The Kent State University Press, 1991), 100-101.