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Letter fragment of William Martin, Ironton, Mo., to Mrs. E. Martin, February 9, 1862

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Identifier: D05595

Title: Letter fragment of William Martin, Ironton, Mo., to Mrs. E. Martin, February 9, 1862


Thanks Elizabeth for her patriotism in taking care of the children of absent soldiers.

Transcription: [unsigned letter fragment, presumed to be written by William Martin]

Ironton, Mo. Febry. 9th / 62

Mrs. E. Martin

Respected Friend, Your patriotic letter was duly received, and was glad to hear that you were able and willing to do a little for your suffering Country by takeing care of some of the absent Soldiers Children, but I hope that Uncle Same will be able to get along without imposeing to heavy a tax on any of his dutifull subjects, I believe you might fairly claim exemption from takeing care of any more Children and would propose that some of the old Maids should look to them till the Men have conquered a peace, and would propose that Old Bachelors be taxed with the expense, and our Female cotemporarys with the trouble. Do not know anything concerning a Soldiers life that could be of any interest to you so much and so often as you appear to hear from them, but dont suppose that any of them told you we had joined our Regimt. which event took place about a Week since but have not bettered ourselves as concerns comfortable quarters, we are at present (our Compy.) in an unfinised House without Doors or Windows and the Weather is quite cold understood the Mercury was 8.D. below Zero. last night our Colonel and several of the other Officers and Men have their Ladies here which they say makes life go pleasant under any circumstances, but of course I can believe just as much as I like of that. That was a serious catastrofe to have communications stopped so long, would suggest that you appropriate part of Johns wire fence and establish a telegraph line I will give a right of way acoss my Field and some Willows for Poles if they are large enough. Am glad to hear that John and Steve are attenging[attending?] Meeting so regular expect like the rest of us they have room to mend a

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States

Dates: 1862-02-09

Type(s): Letter

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

Subjects: Civil War, 1861-1865
Armed Forces
Child care


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