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Letter signed O.A Moser, Bird's Point, Mo., to Mary Moser, January 10, 1862

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Identifier: D06014

Title: Letter signed O.A Moser, Bird's Point, Mo., to Mary Moser, January 10, 1862


Describes a recent skirmish.

Transcription: Birds point[Bird’s Point] Mo. Jany. the 10th / 62

Dear Mary

I seat myself this evening to write you a few lines, — I am just moderately well. —

While we were out on that Expedition the other night, it rained on us a good deal, and I took a severe cold, and yesterday I had an awful severe headache all day, and last night I took a lot of cayenne tea, and took a dose of pills before going to bed, and another this morning, so that I have felt a great deal better this evening, today and I guess I will be apt to be all right again in a day or two, — In our fight the other night, I have found out that we were all in a very dangerous situation, we were in the middle of the road when they fired on us, and we were ordered to get out of the road, and a part of us ran to the fence, where the rebels lay just on the inside with their guns pointing thro’ the fence, and it seems almost like a miracle that there were not more killed than was, I wrote you, that there were 6 killed, but there were but 5, but there are 2 or 3 more that it is thought will die. Just before we got to where we were fired into, we were halted close by a house, some of the Officers went in and asked the man if he had seen any Rebels, he said he had not seen any there for several days, so we marched on, and had not gone over 200 yards, before we were fired into, so they took the old fellow prisoner, and brought him to camp, for the rebels had their camp on his farm, and it is not very likely that they could camp in one of his fields and he not know it. — There is a general movement of the troops now, to-day a lot of troops went down the river, and all the regiments on this point have marching orders, except ours, and I guess we will be left here to guard the point, there have several gun boats gone down the river today, and I also hear of heavy forces marching south, through different parts of the state, so that you will be apt to hear of some pretty hard fighting before long.

To-day we got our pay again, and what money I can share I will send you in bills instead of a check, I send you in this $35, of which you will pay to Mr. McKnight $7.55 being the amount of a bill, that Wm. Bell got, when we were at Winterset, if he did not take his pay out of the price of the hogs, and the balance you will pay out just as you may think best. Elick Eskew[Alexander Eskew] has got nearly well again. — I want you to answer this immediately, so that I will not feel uneasy about the money. My love to all of you, no more at present, hoping to hear from you soon, I will close by saying, remember me at all times, — Yours in love

O.A. Moser

To Mary Moser

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States

Dates: 1862-01-10

Type(s): Letter

Maker/Creator: Moser, Osiah A.

Subjects: Civil War, 1861-1865
Armed Forces


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