cool nights but nothing to speak of some four or five times it has froze hard enough to make ice 1/4 of an inch thick, we have had a good dial of Rain, so that it is rather muddy, and bad getting round with teams we are having pretty easy times this winter and in fact for the last five months we are laying in Camp Keeping fresh Beef from spoiling, we have got Log Huts Built so that we are very comfortably [illegible] for the winter, but we may have to leave in forty eight-hours for ought we know But it is expected that we should stay till spring---there was twenty five thousand troops from this place and forty or fifty-thousand from ---the