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1863 Letter from Civil War Soldier

1863 Letter from Civil War Soldier


This letter was written by Samuel Francis from a “Camp Near Fredricksburg Va.”

Here is the transcription (spelling errors are the soldier’s):

Camp Near Fredricksburg Va.

Jany 17th 1863 Co. D. 4th R.I.V. 3rd Brigade 3rd Division 9th Army Corps

Dear Friend Nancy,

I now sit down this evening to answer your kind letter wich I received to day. But I am in hopes that these few lines will find you enjoying good health as it leaves me at present. I am siting down this evening cuting out a pair of in soles for a friend of mine. We was paid off yesterday (four months pay) there is 6 months due us. But we only got four of it. $52. But our clothing was taken out and some of us only received 13 dollars. All I received was 25 dollars but there is 105 dollars due me. I think when they get me to fire a nother gun they will now it. When I inlisted I was to have 13 dollars a month and clothing found. But if I have got to pay for my clothing I am dun fighting for the Union as they call it. We are under marching orders and expect to march in the morning but there is nothing certain about it. We have got three days rations cooked all ready. But I don’t think of much at present to write. Give my love to all the folks at home, and to all enquiring friends. And am in hopes that we will meat soon. With much love to all and be shure to keep a good share your self.


From your true friend and well wishes.

Samuel Francis

To Nancy Bishop

Condition: There are the typical two horizontal folds for mailing. There are no tears. There are two brown spots on the front upper right. Along the bottom fold, front only, there is a half inch of soiling, also some very light soiling to the top fold. Soiling noted here also shows on page 2, interior. Pages 3 and 4 are clean. Open size is 10.0 x 7.25 inches.


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