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Letter [of Osiah A. Moser], Cape Girardeau, Mo., to his wife and children, October 20, 1861

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Identifier: D06013

Title: Letter [of Osiah A. Moser], Cape Girardeau, Mo., to his wife and children, October 20, 1861


Describes the shooting of a man from his camp named Miller by another man from his regiment.

Transcription: Camp Freemont

Cape Girardeau Mo

Oct the 20th / 61

Dear Wife & Children

I again take my pen in hand to write you a few lines to let you hear from me once more, — This is the Sabbath, and a nice pleasant morning it is, it was a little cool thro’ the night, — I am well this morning, better than I was when I wrote before. — I stood guard last night & feel a little sleepy, have taken cold a little, & my head is stopped up some, but nothing serious. — There is quite a gloom over our camp this morning, there was a man named Miller from Greene Co., was shot dead last night, by another of our regiment, he was shot, as near as I can learn, under the following circumstances; there was a Lieut. of our regt passing thro’ town near by a house of ill fame, & hearing a noise & cries of murder, he went to the door, & was met by a man who had a revolver in his hand, whereupon he repaired to camp & took 3 men with him, to take the men (3 of them) that were in the house, but concluding he hadn’t force enough he came back and got 5 more men, & went there, he having stationed the 3 men on one side of the house to watch for the men in the house, & when he got there with the last men, he said nothing to them about having the 3 other men there, & he went around to the side of the house next the door, when 1 man came to the door, but went back again, but directly 2 men came to the door with guns, and at the same time 3 men came round the corner of the house, the Lieut. ordered his men to make ready & fire, they supposing the 3 men were of the same clan as those in the house, and one fired at the 3, instead of the two at the door, & shot him thro’ or near the heart, & killed him instantly, he is said to have been a professor, he has a son here, & leaves a wife & 5 or 6 children at home, a pair of twins that are sucking, thus we see that in the midst life we are in death, and how important it is that we should always be ready, for we know not what moment we may be called off. — There is something new transpiring here every day. Our pickets bring in prisoners almost every day, this morning there were 2 brought in, but were released, a day or two ago some of them found a keg of powder at a house, & brot it in. — This morning I learn that yesterday 2 soldiers belonging to an Ill. regt. here, were out scouting, & 6 or 7 secesh came upon them, & took one prisoner. — It is reported that Gen. Freemont has come up with the enemy & has commenced battle, but be that as it may, there will be some hard fighting done in Missouri in a few days, I guess there is not much probability of an attack on this place yet a while. The men I spoke of, as being at the house where the man was killed, 2 were taken prisoners & 1 made his escape, they were Ill. Soldiers. — There is meeting in Camp today, preaching at 10 O’Clock, by Rev. Hopkins, & I will quit writing till after meeting. — Before I quit I will say tho’ that we have some splendid prayer meetings in camp, we have them as often as we can get enough praying men together to hold one. And we have adopted having prayers in our tent night & morning, whenever we can make it at all practicable, & we have refreshing seasons together, feeling that the Lord can hear and answer prayer here as well as elsewhere, I feel the need of being very much guarded in my words & actions & then oftentimes don’t do as well as I ought.

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States

Dates: 1861-10-20

Type(s): Letter

Maker/Creator: Moser, Osiah A.

Subjects: Civil War, 1861-1865
Armed Forces


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