Arlington Heights, Sept 7, /61. Dear Sister: I rec’d your Thursday. It is strange that you did not hear from me. I think I have written every week. I have been on picket twice my last & came off all right.
Weehawken, N.J. Sept. 4th, 1861 Dear Mary, “On to Washington” is our order. Tonight at 6 o’clock it will deprive me of your letters. If you have received mine, and wrote, which of course you have. I have not had a moments spare time since Sunday. Was on guard a part of Sunday and night and Monday night all night
Meredian Hill Sept 3d 1861 Dear Sister I received your letter of the 25th Augt today and was glad to hear from you and to hear that you were all well with the exceptions of All
Arlington Heights, Sept. 1/61. Dear Sister: I am out on picket today at Bailies Cross roads with about half the regiment, about 4 miles from camp. I have came into camp to get some coffee for the boys. From the place where they are it is only about a miles to a hill where they are throwing up fortifications,
1861 Arlington Heights, Aug. 25 Dear Mother: I rec’d your letter Thursday. I was sent to the War Department, & I thought I would see I could find out anything about Morris. I went to the Hospital at Columbia College. I found that he had been there but I was too late. Morris Wheelock is dead.
I Capt Jos A Eagle hereby certify that Jas A Foreman of Watertown Clinton [ ? ] Michigan is a married man with a family of wife + one child + has enlisted as a private in Co D 5th Reg M I.
Grand Rapids Aug 24/61 Dear Brother Gardner: I have just received your letter and will answer it and hope you will get it. I am very sorry you are sick and you must get well as soon as you can. I thank the boys very much for taking such good care of you and hope you will never find worse.
To the U.S. War Department The bearer C. S. Burge is authorized to go to the War Department & if possible, copy the original Muster roll of Capt Charles S. May’s Company (K) of the Second Rgt Michigan Volunteers mustered May 25 1861
August the 23rd 1861 Dear father and mother i my pen in hand to wright you a few lines hopeing to find you all in goo helth as it leaves me at present i have not got much time to wright
1861 Camp [ ? ] 1 Dear Parents I have just received your kind letter dated October 27 and was glad to hear from home once more. last Wednesday I received 6 letter’s that wer directed to Camp Lyon
Arlington Hights Fast Colors-Warranted not to run. but they did run once for I saw them August 19th 1861 Dear Sister I received your letter of the 11th and was glad to hear from you. I have been quite unwell since the battle of bull runn
Richmond August 16th 1861 Dear Wife I will write a few more lines to let you no how i am gitting along my helth is good at present and i hope these few lines will find you the same muray is well i have wrote two letters before this ellin dont git discourage and take care of yourself and dwelly the best you can til i git back i think of you often
Arlington Heights Aug 15th 61 Dear Bro Ad I received your letter to day and I did not know what to make of it. It had been such a short time since you wrote but it did not take long to find out and I was surprised when I found out what it was about.
Head Quarters 6 Regiment W. Vol. Camp Kavorama Aug. 14th (1861) Brother Enoch, Some time having elapsed since my departure from your city and heard from any body in that place. I thought I would write you, see if I could get an answer. We left Madison and arrived here without accident or loss with the exception of Benj. Campbell. He died at Baltimore.
Hunter’s Place, N.E. Virginia August 8th 1861 Dear Sister and Brother, I have long thought I would write you a few lines to let you know that I was yet in the land of desolation and death. I would have written long before this if I had thought any one would have cared to learn anything more about me than the mere part that I was away from home. And as I received a letter you sent to Eliza, you manifested some interest in me yet I thought I would not let it die out.
Camp Atwood Baltimore Aug 5/61 Dear Brother I received your kind letter in Milwaukee We had left for [ ? ] six [ ? ] same day The papers you sent I did not see Mr Jenkins our Commissary got them out of the post office in milwaukee
Richman August 3th 1861 Dear Wife I will write a few lines to you to let you no how i am gitting along i am well at present and i hope these few lines will find you the same murry is well ellin i want you to keep up good courage and try and git along the best you can til i com back but i do not no when that will be but dont wory about me
Dear father and mother we are in camped neare Georgetown Which is near Washington Direct your letters just the same as you did before give my respects to Alexander Hefferran
at the edge of the woods. I have been at that post four nights in succession the Picket guards are not relieved at all we have to relieve each other one watches while the other wraps his blanket around himself and lays down on the ground and sleeps we relieve each other every 3 hours
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.