June 3rd 1862
June 3rd 1862
Dear Mother & Sister,
I am happy to sit down this rainy morning to inform you that our orders were countermanded. We are now fixed up again in military style. The reason why we did not march was the citizens of this place and vicinity — both Union and Dis-union — when they heard we was under marching orders, petitioned to Gen. [Ebenezer] Dumont for us to stay. Their request was granted by the old General and we are now settled down again for some indefinite time. You see Hannah, our regiment has a splendid reputation — particularly Co. E. I do not know whether we are deserving of it or not, but we all — with several exceptions — endeavor to conduct ourselves as well as we can. Our regiment is concentrating at Bowling Green and perhaps ‘ere this reaches you, we will be on our march or again we remain here some time. I tell you, Hannah and Mother, it is uncertain when we may be ordered away. I, for my part, am well satisfied we remain for a time yet.
I received a Harper from you. I am glad to hear the fences are made but what fences you have reference to, I do not know. There is no news of any importance. It is reported that there are guerrilla bands forming in this state but none in this vicinity.
Enclosed please find fifty dollars. Do with as you wish. I will wait anxiously to hear from you.
Your son and brother, — C. D. Waldron
P.S. Excuse my abruptness. I am going on a scout today.
Cornelius D. Waldron was born on May 27, 1834 and was from Halifax, Pennsylvania, just north of the Pennsylvania capital of Harrisburg along the Susquehanna River. Before the Civil War he was the postmaster of Halifax. Waldron enlisted in Company E of the 9th PA Cavalry on October 17, 1861 and served with the regiment through the entirety of the war. The regiment saw extensive service in the western theater and lost 6 officers and 66 men killed or mortally wounded in action. He mustered out of service on December 24, 1864 and returned home to Halifax. He married afterwards and lived out his life in Halifax until July 7, 1923. He is buried at the Halifax United Methodist Church Cemetery in Halifax, PA.