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Letter signed John N. Moulton, Greenville, Miss., to his brother Joseph [Moulton], April 21, 1863

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Identifier: D05565

Title: Letter signed John N. Moulton, Greenville, Miss., to his brother Joseph [Moulton], April 21, 1863

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Mentions a skirmish in Mississippi with Confederate troops. Writes of his dissatisfaction with being passed over for appointments.



Transcription: Greenville Miss. April the 21st 1863


Brother Joseph. Dear Sir


yours of the 10th Just has come to hand. I was very glad to hear from you and Better Pleased to hear that you was in good health and enjoying your self I have writen you several letters Since I have Been down Below But never received any answer so I thought that you had moved. I have seen some sights worth seeing since I came down from Helena. we left Vicksburgh[Vicksburg] on the 2ond of this month and came to this place. then we took six days rations and went out on deer creek. went down deer creek 40 miles and skirmished with the Enemy. But they would not stand. so on the account of Grub we had to come Back to this Place, where we have Been staying ever since. we left the most of our things at vicksburgh[Vicksburg] and they have not came up yet and so I do not know whether they will or not, and I do not whether we will go down there again or not. they are Raising 1 or 2 negro Regts here, or trying to rais them. I have not saw any of my old friends since in Feb. I only saw tom Lewis a few minutes. I Saw Bill Bowebek[?] and all the Boys that Belong to the 44th Ills.

I am not satisfied here and I will tell you the reason I was one of the first to enlist and I have always done my duty and stood right up to the scratch, But Because I had not lived in Ringgold too long enough to have much influence I am set to one side and others apointed over me does not know half as much as I do if I do say it my self. if I had have got my dues I would have Been 3rd Sergeant. and instead of that I am a private and will remain one as long as Randolph Sry is my captain. But that is not much Difference. the Best Part of it is there is none of them that feels like crafting my path. I am in good health and feel all right I weight 162 pounds and dont care a dam for them that dont care for me. Jo I am pretty hard But I do the Best I can I have a family at home that I think as much of as any Dady does of their family. the first year that I was in the sevirce I was in the that cussed wilderness where we could not get any thing to Eat or wear. so it was very little money that I could send home and one ten dollar Bill that I did send to my wife Bob Gruin stole and I lost 15 dollars By men dying that owed me. So I have had a pretty hard time. But I am all right now. we have not Been paid But once Since we left Helena and then we only got two months Pay. we have nearly six months Pay due us. I expect that we will Be Paid of Before long. those stamps that you send me came in mighty nice for I had run out and it is impossible to get them here I will be very much obliged to you if you will send me your Picture have it taken with your hat off I would have mine taken and send it to you But there is no chance here I do not expect to get a Furlough this summer although I may if I do I will stop and see you as I go or come.

I would like to se you mighty well if it is Posible I Believe I have told you all the news for the Present so I will Bid you Good By

Write often and Dont for your Brother in arms yours with respect


John N. Moulton


Direct as follows

John N. Moulton

Co G. 4th Iowa

Inft

Near vicksburgh[Vicksburg]


J. J. Moulton

Excuse this Scribbling for my Pen is worn out and should


Please Give me your address in your next

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
Iowa

Dates: 1863-04-21

Type(s): Letter

Maker/Creator: Moulton, John N.

Subjects: Civil War, 1861-1865
Armed Forces
Mississippi
Battles

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