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Letter signed Osiah [Osiah A. Moser], on board the steamer "White Rose," to Mary Moser, March 22, 1863

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Identifier: D05967

Title: Letter signed Osiah [Osiah A. Moser], on board the steamer "White Rose," to Mary Moser, March 22, 1863

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Gives his view that "a man that is a Rebel in the North, is a more detestable being than the Southern Rebel, for a man in the South may be a Rebel by the force of circumstances, or by compulsion, while a man in the North has no grounds whatever for being a Rebel, & He only is a traitor at heart that dares to sympathize with the South, & I believe, if it were not for those Cowardly wretches in the North, that are aiding, countenancing, & encouraging the Rebels in the South, that this war would have been at an end before this time…"



Transcription: On board the steamer “White Rose”

March 22d 1863


Dear Mary

Yours of the 8th inst. came to hand last night, I had just got to my tent from meeting, when the mail came in, I was truly glad to hear from you, We are now aboard a splendid Steamer, & will start down the Yazoo pass in the morning, all of our Division are now embarking on boats.

I am in good health. This may possibly be the last letter you will get from me for some time, as I expect we will not have very good opportunities for getting letters out from where we are going, but the next letter you get from me, you may expect a good big one, unless I have an opportunity of sending one sooner than I think for. And I hope you will not despair of hearing from me, & quit writing, you may rest assured that I will write at every opportunity. — I hardly know what to think about the doings of the Secesh up there, but I sincerely wish that our Regt. could only get the chance to pay them a visit, for I think we have been after the rebels long enough here to know how to deal with such Rebels they are, & I do hope that they will be dealt with according to their deserts, I think that a man that is a Rebel in the North, is a more detestable being than the Southern Rebel, for a man in the South may be a Rebel by the force of circumstances, or by compulsion, while a man in the North has no grounds whatever for being a Rebel, & He is only a traitor at heart that dares to sympathise with the South, & I believe, if it were not for those Cowardly wretches in the North, that are aiding, countenancing, & encouraging the Rebels in the South, that this war would have been at an end before this time, but the Rebels in the South well know how we are divided at the North, it encourages them to hold out, with the hopes that they will get to fighting at the North, well knowing that a “a house divided against itself cannot stand.” but I hope these are loyal men enough there to keep those Rebels straight.

David Clary got a letter from Dr. Scott to-day, & he says he would like to hear from me, I wrote to him the 14th of Dec. since which time I have not heard from him, & will answer every letter I get from him. — Elick Eskew[Alexander Eskew] got a letter from J. Blair last Evening, Give my love & respects to all the friends & reserve a sufficient share for yourselves. God bless you all. Adieu for this. time. I started a paper to you this morning. As ever your


Osiah

To Mary Moser

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
Iowa

Dates: 1863-03-22

Type(s): Letter

Maker/Creator: Moser, Osiah A.

Subjects: Civil War, 1861-1865
Armed Forces

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