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Letter signed David T. Massey, Camp Benton, to his father [Nathan Massey], August 31, 1862

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Identifier: D05603

Title: Letter signed David T. Massey, Camp Benton, to his father [Nathan Massey], August 31, 1862


Discusses the Second Battle of Bull Run. Illustrated stationery.

Transcription: Camp Benton

Aug 31st 1862

Dear Father

I embrace the opportunity of dropping you a few lines to let you know that I am well at present and hope you are enjoying the same blessing of life. I wrote to you last friday but finding out that it would not reach you until next monday week I thought I would write again. There is nothing new except a fight on the old battle grounds of Bulls Run in which our forces were victorious.

The Battle was fought on last Friday the 28th. Our forces lost about 8,000 men. The rebels loss is said to be double that of ours. no other news of importance. nor no particulars of the above battle The Col. says that we will get our bounty and advance pay tomorrow Our officers are as fine a lot of officers as I ever saw. We are all well pleased with the staff officers so far as we have been able to get acquainted with them

Our pay roll has been made out There is several thousand soldiers in the barracks at this time There were four company’s of Col Fisk’s regiment; Mustered into the regiment on friday last. They being the first four companys of the regiment And by next friday or saturday the entire regiment will be filled & ready for service when drilled some.

We are situated about 5 or 6 miles from the river landing in the city. This is a prety place with some few execptions, and tolerably hea[l]thy place.

To day is sunday & most of the boys that were able went to meeting. Our Leutenant and Col. preached to us. His name is Pile. Our captain name is W.J. McKey Leut first. Draper second Brooks now in Corinth

We have drawn our uniform since I wrote to you on friday last. I believe that there is nothing more of importance for me to write at present.

So give my love to sister & Brother & accept of the love of an affectionate son.

Daniel T. Massey

P.S. Direct your letter to Benton Barracks 33d Mo

Volenteers care of Captain

W. J. J McKey.

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
St Louis

Dates: 1862-08-31

Type(s): Letter

Maker/Creator: Massey, David T., -1864

Subjects: Civil War, 1861-1865
Bull Run, 2nd Battle of, Va., 1862
Armed Forces
Benton Barracks (Saint Louis, Mo.)


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