Sandy Hook Md
Febry 26th 1862
We broke camp at Frederick yesterday morning and as the first rays of the rising sun were gilding the hilltops we received the order to march. Reaching the Jamesville station we took the cars for this place and are now encamped on the same spot that we occupied last summer, waiting the arrival of our wagons before crossing. A pontoon bridge is being built across the river and we may cross before night.
From the heights above here, train after train of rebel troops were seen, bringing troops to oppose us. It is impossible to tell what force we will throw over as our troops are camped all over and we are not allowed to leave camp.
The artillery of Banks' Division came here light all the pieces and caissons having been removed and sent by railroad.
This movement may not be carried any further, however, as some think it a mere sham attack to draw off the attention of the rebels from other points which will be weakened by the forces withdrawn to reinforce Charlestown, opposite here.
A few hours more will settle matters.
Col Geary sent over five companies on Monday during a heavy gale and lost five men by the upsetting of the boat.
Your may direct your letters to this place until you hear further from me.