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Letter signed Thomas N. Lewis, Devalls Bluff, Ark., to his aunt and uncle [John H. Martin and Elizabeth Martin], and letter from John N. Moulton, De Valls Bluff, to [John H. Martin and Elizabeth Martin], November 16, 1864

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Identifier: D05587

Title: Letter signed Thomas N. Lewis, Devalls Bluff, Ark., to his aunt and uncle [John H. Martin and Elizabeth Martin], and letter from John N. Moulton, De Valls Bluff, to [John H. Martin and Elizabeth Martin], November 16, 1864

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Gives updates on health, the weather, and news of friends.



Transcription: Illinois Infantry

Duvals Bluff[Duvall’s Bluff] Ark.

Nov the 16th 1864


Dear Aunt & Uncle


I take this opportunity to answer your kind and welcom letter which I received on the 14th past I am well at present and hope this will find you in the enjoyment of the same blessing I have not. rec. the box yet but I sent orders to Memphis forit to be forwarded here so I will look for it in a bout two weeks we came here on the 12 Inst. we are in camp in the timber but there is a large praire a bout 4 miles from here I have so much to do lately that I hardly do any thing we Drill all the time now our new men are lerning very fast Marion has been laid on the shelf for some time with the rhumatism but he is geting better now the winte weather has set in here and we do not have much nice weather it is mostly Cloudy and damp the health of the soldiers is generly good we have but two sick men out of 59 in our Co who are present. we are a bout 1 mile from White river and close to the rail road that runs from Litle rock[Little Rock] to Memphis although it is but partly built it the cars run from here to little rock which is a bout 40 miles South west of here my fingers get so cold I can hardly write.

Marion and I sent to Minonk for a gold pen a peice and I wish Isaac would see that mine is paid for and I will see that he gets his pay I will have to quit for the present and let Marion finish the letter so no more write soon give my respects to all my friends

Thos N Lewis


Du Valls Bluff[Duvall’s Bluff] Nov 16th


Dear Brother Sister & Friends; I am not quite so well as I would like to be nor as sick as I have been. I have done no duty for over a week, but I hope I shall be about in a day or two I wrote you a letter while at Mouth White River Which I suppose you have received [word unclear] I have not received but one letter since I left home, but the mail will come in today and then I shall look for one.

You must try and visit Permelia as often as you can for I am sure she will be lonesome Having nobody except Copperheads to associate with except her Father & Mother. The 8th Ills. Infty are encamped close by us consequently I get to see Mr. John King almost every day The 8th was a Lincoln regiment throughout having but one McClellan man in it. luckily most of the McClellan recruits got into it and consequently they are dropping Mac and his party pretty fast. Even John King things Mac is two-sided and wont says he won’t indorse him. But you understand he wasn’t talking to Uncle Jim then. I want Permelia to get another place to stay if John Kings wife is a copperhead. Tell her so the first time you see her.[ink smudged, three words unclear] Marion


The Boys are wishing, for the Copperheads to put some of their boasts into actions for the rebs in the South are whipped past all consolation and the soliders would like to give the rebs up north some of the same medicine they have so bountifully furnished for the rebs in the south If you would believe it I have not shot my gun nor even had it loaded since I came to the regiment. So you perceived rebels are not very plenty here. I saw some rebel prisoners and that is the only rebels, I have seen.


Write Soon and Tell me All the news. Good by


J N Moulton


Com. B 11th Regiment

Illinois Infantry

Via Cairo

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
Arkansas
Illinois

Dates: 1864-11-16

Type(s): Letter

Maker/Creator: Lewis, Thomas N.

Subjects: Civil War, 1861-1865
Armed Forces
Weather

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