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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


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

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


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