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Letter signed Will. Martin, Black River, Butler Co., Mo., [to Elizabeth Martin], March 22, 1862

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Identifier: D05592

Title: Letter signed Will. Martin, Black River, Butler Co., Mo., [to Elizabeth Martin], March 22, 1862


Gives news of regimental affairs, and describes the regiment's chaplain who gives sermons and is called to burials of the dead.

Transcription: Black River

Black River Terry

Butler Co. Mo. March 22nd

Respected Friend

I have a little finer Weather for answering your Letter than you appear to have had when you wrote to me although it keeps cool here according to the climate, it is very fine to day. the Swamp Maple and some other kinds of things are putting us in mind of Spring but the Grass is not started but little. We are still staying here waiting for more Troops and also for provisions we have had to live on half rations lately but suppose we have not seen much suffering in comparison to what our Comrades who have been fighting Price have done, expect your Brother Newton have seen some fighting by this time, we have not seen any Paper for nine days consequently are impatient to hear the particulars of the fight, in the absence of authentic news, it gives the Newsmongers (who are here as well as elsewhere) a fine chance for manufactureing the latest sensation was that Jeff. Davis had left the Country and that we were going back to St Louis to be discharged, do you think the Ladies ever makes News in that style when then can not get anything true to talk about. You appear to have selected a Soldiers child for me to attend to and you say that Barbara Martin will take the trouble if I will send her plenty of Money, do not know what is plenty for such a purpose, but tell her if she will attend to her part I will do the same if it is agreable to the Childs Friends but would not wish to mouth anyone. Hope your new Friends will prove an additional scource of pleasure, do the New Preacher’s tell you how long this Wicked World is to last, it appears to me he must preach to the purpose to get John out in such Weather you speak of, we were all out on the Parade Ground last Sunday to hear a Sermon from our Chaplain last Sunday, am afraid there will not many improve their morale by being in the Fr. although Uncle Sam pays a good deal to supply Preachers, believe our Chaplain means to do the best he can, but I think it is a hard job to learn to fight, and to be a Christian at the same time dont myself exactly see the connection, our Chaplain has been often called on to asist in burying the dead although we have not yet met a foe in mortal shape one of our Comp. died last Week, there is one in another Comp. waiteing for his comrades to perform the last earthly Office for him this evening, a Military Funeral is a sad but exciteing scene, but we are getting to well used to it to be any novelty to us. Just come back from Drill find I have not told you much news in this scrible but must save a little for John, shall be very glad to accomadate you with the Cuttings you speak of, but do not profes to be boss over the Premises at the present time but daresay Julia and you can get along without any trouble and the sooner you do it the better although it is no hurry about planting, suppose you have already laid out for another fine Garden, have you the Martin Box in good repair the time will soon come as you probably know for one Martins to be arround, hopeing this will find one and old all well, with best wishes

I remain

Yours respectfull

Willm. Martin

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States

Dates: 1862-03-22

Type(s): Letter

Maker/Creator: Martin, William, active 1861-1862

Subjects: Civil War, 1861-1865
Armed Forces


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