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Regiment: 56th Ohio Infantry
Algiers La. July the 31st, 1865
I seat myself this evening to write you a few lines to let you know that I am well and
hope that this will find you well also. I do not think I can write much for I do not know of
anything that would interest you. There has been no change in what we are doing. I
have not heard any thing more about going to Texas or rather to the island at the mouth
of the Rio Grand so I do not know what will be done but I hardly think that we will go till
the one year CO goes out if we have to go at all. The health of the Co is getting pretty
poor as there is about one sixth of the Company that does not do duty and more get
sick most every day but none of them remain sick very long and I do not think any of
them are dangerous. We have got through one of our hot months but the prospects are
not very flattering from the number of sick at present but I hope that we will come out all
right in the end. We just have 18 months more to serve from today then I reckon that
they will send what few of that is left home any how as they certainly can not say that
they did not promise to let us go home at the end of three years, but I do not see any
prospect of coming sooner for we can never get through the job we are doing now as
long as we are soldiers for we do nothing but guard one an other an salute officer and
we could have that to do if we were to soldiers a thousand years if we could live that
So you see we cannot look forward to a time when we get a certain thing accomplished
that we can come home for what we have to do is as endless as soldiers or at least will
not end as long as soldiers are kept.
Well Mary, I did not get any letter from you last week or this but I reckon that they will
get here in due time as I know that you will not fail to send me one when ever you can.
I hope that when congress meets that they will change the minds on at least the order
for keeping us and let us out so we can have a better chance of hearing from each other
than the uncertain way of sending letters near two thousand miles.
Well Dear Mary, I guess I cannot think of any things more to write so I will quit and try to
write some more next time. So good bye for this time
Yours truly with Love.