Shafer, Marion A. – Undated

Michigan Civil War Collection Letters

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Regiment: 7th Michigan Cavalry

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Mrs. P. made us some conn dodgers for
supper = I drawed yesterday for 11 days.
every thing we want – and had over 40 dollars
fund besides, I use that to buy eggs – lemons,
matches, meal – pins – brooms. +c for the
use of the hospital and sick, pay 30 cts a
dozzen for eggs I bought me a [  ?  ] hat. a good
one for 25 cts. – just to keep my head cool –
a good idea. I am in my dispensary. with
all the medicines that Wood and Bach – speak
about, writing upon my camp made desk –
with my pole bed stead on my left – I wish
you could look upon me to night and
just see what a fine belly I am a getting
up – I will get as fat as H—— was – guess I
am good for 3 years or during the war. if 2
stay or have to stay next winter. I will get a
furlough and come home. and then. well
it’s a good way ahead – ,ay be they will have
me in Richmond – or some where else –
I expect – the Rebs will make a rade and
take us prisoners yet, but I sleep just as sound
as if I was at home to bed – in a drizzly rain –
and I always could sleep then, I don’t keep
track of all the letters I rec. and I don’t
know as I am any body better or not
all I know is when I don’t get one I write one so
as to get one. letters are great comforters in the
army. It is the best kind of tonnick. I know
of I pity the soldiers that has no dear friends
to write him, The trees are green. and evry
thing is looking finely. I attended a nigger
wedding last Wednesday Rev. Mr Greely married
them, a young couple as black as an ink stand
but I didnt kiss the bride Wah Calico Whoof
the Cuffy belonged to some Colored Regt. What about
the conscription. have they taken down the names
yet? [          ?          ] to night – wonder if thats mil-
itary – John Hall – and John Tyler are in the
hospital of the 6th across the carriage road I havent had

time to go in and see them to day. John Hall will
have a crooked leg I am afraid he has to keep his
[  ?  ] yet. I havent seen Mast Davis yet, the rest
of the boys. I dont know how they get along.
Tis getting late I must go around and
see if everything is one. the S-G and then
lie down to sleep with a good night to all
Write often, I sent you, Sallie one dollar, did
you git it? Write often and when you [     ?     ]
I am [  ?  ] by Thurs. got it. Ten O’clock at night
I don’t think of any more to write tonight
Well I guess this all. I told you the [  ?  ]
[  ?  ] aplenty, and golly what lots of lice
some of the boys carry. I don’t keep them that is       Bud