1861 Arlington Heights, July 27 Dear Mother: Pay day has finally come. We rec’d our U.S. pay last night, pay from the 25 of May to the 30 of June. I rec’d 23 dols. and ninety cents.
Capitol, July 26/61 Dear Sister: I rec’d yours of the 18 yesterday. I rec’d the letter dated the 12 a few days ago, and the money which was very accept able, as we have not yet rec’d any pay though we expect it every day.
Dear Sister, I now take my pen in hand to let you know that I am well and I hope that these few lines will find you the same I am living a soldiers life and I shall be a soldier untill the flag of our union waires our the south. If I live that long, I will fight for the stars and stripes as long as I live
Washington My Dear Wife July 23 1861 Ere this you will have recd my letter and the news of the Federal defeat. It is useless for me to describe either what I saw or what I have heard for you will We both in the papers All I have time to say is that the defeat was decisive. It was a perfect [ ? ] one Sunday afternoon by [ ? ] we recd news from the battle which was all favorable until about 6 o’clock when we saw the first fugitives who were thank God not the citizen soldiers but regulars (officers & men) who told us every thing was lost & to fly but we did not do so
Bull Run, July 19 Dear Mother: We are now three miles from Manassas Junction. The Secessionists have a battery here. We had a hard battle here yesterday which lasted three hours.
Near Manassus Junction July 19th 1861 My dear Mollie Your good letter was recd before I left camp Rek, but press of business and our sudden departure prevented my ansring before now, and even how i am sheltered by a blanket from the [ ? ]tting sun in an open field. Sweating like a butcher, writing on my knee, so that I do not expect it will be done quite as well as you would do it
Sunday 14th of July 1861 Steamer Mississippi [ ? ] Fort Wayne Dear Parents As Sunday with its accustomed quiet comes around. I begin to think of home and friends and will devote the hour to writing to you. This has been in pleasant week in camp so far as the weather is concerned
the Camp blair July 12 1861 Dear mother I now sit down to rite you a few lines to let you know how I am a getting a long
Camp Scott, July 9, 1861 Dear Mother: I got a letter from Lucy yesterday. I was glad indeed to hear from home. But why don’t I get a letter from you? You inquired whether I wanted any money.
Georgetown Heights, D.C. Monday July 8, 1861 Dear Mary, I received you letter last Friday but have not had courage to sit down and try to write one fourth as good letter as you. You said that all was well but Mother and that she was worrying herself about me. There is no use of her a doing that for I am a doing well here. It is very healthy here now but pretty warm.
Washington July the 7th, 1861 Dear father and mother i take my pen in hand to wright you those few lines hoping to find you in good helth as it leaves me at present I expect you have been thinking about me very often because i did not wright before
Camp Scott, July 5/61. Dear Mother: Another birth-day has passed & left your son of age. It makes me feel sad to think that the time has come which, according to law, makes me my own, – throws me upon my own resources.
Camp Randel Arlington Hights Jul 4= 1861 I have not had time or opportunity to mail this letter we came to this place last as night about 10 oclock Slept on the ground without tents the teams not being able to reach here so we had to go without supper
Camp Randal Wasshington DC june 28/61 Dear Brother Sisters + I cheerfully the opportunity affored me by f communicating with those I love. The old Second Regiment of W Volunteers evacuated camp Randal Wy on the morn of the 20 = and for the feat of War. found on halting at that the people had spread tables with earthly bounties
Camp Willcok June 29th 1861 Dearest Ellin I recieved your letter 27th and was glad to here from you and that you was well and the rest of them i am well and in good helth i am helther than i was when i left home the rest of the boyes is well bill Cole is well again there is no excitement here i exspect we will have a good time time the forth of july i whish that it was so that you could git your likness tackon with dwelly and send it in a letter it would do me good to see it if you have not got the money git some of mr trip and i will pa him when I com home
Sparta Kent Co. Mich June 19th /61 Dear Friend Mary I was so glad to receive another little [ ? ] in your handwriting There has been a prolonged silence between us two. I have very often felt that I ought to write you, But do not know what I have not.
Seventy Six Iowa June the 16th 1861 Dear cousin You know not how often I have wished to see you, many a time have I in my lonesome hours thought of any cousin who is far from me yet never forgotten, but when will I have the pleasure of being in your company again and with you whome I had such a good visit when I was up to see you and found you alone, and to, when you was to the party before we moved to the west, where we found a home among strangers
Byren June 12 1861 Dear brother and sister i take my pen in harnd to answer youre leter and you must excuse me for not writing before this leaves us all well and i hope it will finde you the same
Georgetown Heights, D.C. 1861 Camp Mansfield, June 12 Dear College Mates: here we are right in the enimies country, U.S. soldiers! It is hardly possible for me to realize that I am one of Uncle Sam’s soldier who must go and come at his nod, no matter how perilous or disagreable the duty.
George Town Heights, June 12, 1861 Dear Mother and Sisters: You will see that I wrote the forgoing as you will se just before we reached Baltimor. We got there about duck. They did not attack us while going through the city. We were too strong for them; they rather applauded us. We marched 1 ½ miles through the streets.
Fort Wayne, June 5 1861, Dear Mother & Sisters: I rec’d Lucies letter yesterday. I rec’d your other two in due time, and the six dollars. I shall send my things home tomorrow. My watch I think I will send by express; the other things I presume by fraight.
Washington, Wednesday, June 5th. Hon. A. W. Randall Gov. of Wisconsin Dear Sir I wrote you a hasty note last evening announcing my arrival in this city and expressing the hop that I should be able, at an early hour this morning, to procure an interview with the Secretary of War and lay before hime the business with which you had charged me. I failed to see Gen. Cameron this morning as he was not at the War Department; but I was fortunate enough to find the Secretary of State disengaged and obtained from him a very urgent recommendation in favor of the acceptance of a full Brigade from our State.
June 1, 1861 Dear Brothers & Sisters, After some delay I resume my pencil to answer your welcome letter which which was duly received since which time I have been to W found all well as usual. Mothers health is improving slowly
Canton May 28 1861 i recived your leter to day and was glad to here from you and here that you are well but was very sorey to here that george was sick your leter stated that he was giting beter i hope that by the time that you git this he will be up and a round i want you to be very carfrel with your self and tell george and Murey to due the same we are all in good helth at presant we think a bout you all ourbey