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Letter signed O.A Moser, in camp near the Tenn. and Miss. Line, to his wife and children, May 3, 1862

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Identifier: D06022

Title: Letter signed O.A Moser, in camp near the Tenn. and Miss. Line, to his wife and children, May 3, 1862

Description:

Describes the vegetation in the South and military affairs around Corinth.



Transcription: In Camp near the Tenn. & Miss. line

May 3d 1862


Dear Wife & Children


Thank God, I have another opportunity of writing to you again, I am in moderate health,

Yesterday we advanced about 4 miles towards Corinth, and are now camped in a wheat field, which is just in bloom, which will sound rather strange to you, as I dont suppose there is but little if any wheat sowed with you yet. I got a letter from Wm. Raynolds[William Raynolds?] this morning, dated the 15th, stating that there was no wheat sowed there yet, & still cold & rainy. — There is a great difference between here & Iowa, in the vegetation, here it looks like midsummer, while in Iowa there is hardly any thing green visible yet, I have seen corn 6 in. high, and have been told that the season is later than usual here. But this is undoubtedly the poorest country I have ever seen, the timber as a general thing is not much if any better, than in Iowa, while the soil is poor, Oh dear how poor, I presume tho’ that there are better parts of the State than this.

I was in hopes I would have got a letter from you again by this time, but have not, I wrote to you not many days ago, and hope you get all my letters in due time. — There has been nothing done yet, except some skirmishing almost every day, yesterday I saw some 40 or 50 prisoners that had been taken, the way we distinguish the Secesh is from their butternut colored clothes, and I have taken such a distaste to that color, that if I ever get back home again, I will work hard to keep from wearing butternut clothes again. — It is generally believed that there will not be much of a fight here, it is thought by some that they are evacuating Corinth, if that be the case, we will have no fight here, rumor says that there has been a battle at Yorktown, where we took a large amt. of prisoners, and another report is that New Orleans is in our possession, if these things are all so, the Rebellion is very nearly played out.

I begin to think the time long to return home, and hope the time is not far off. — Cyrus Clary is dead. — Elick Eskew[Alexander Eskew] is well — Merit Weekly got here a few days since, he is well. — I hope you will write soon & often. God bless you all, pray for me, Give my love & respects to all enquiring friends. No more at this time I am as Ever your Husband & Father


O.A. Moser

To his Wife & Children


Still direct your letters as usual

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
Iowa

Dates: 1862-05-03

Type(s): Letter

Maker/Creator: Moser, Osiah A.

Subjects: Corinth, Battle of, Corinth, Miss., 1862
Prisoners of war
Civil War, 1861-1865
Armed Forces
Battles
Tennessee
Mississippi

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