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Letter signed Sam Kennard, State of Missouri, to his parents, St. Louis, March 19, 1862

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Identifier: D05187

Title: Letter signed Sam Kennard, State of Missouri, to his parents, St. Louis, March 19, 1862


Mentions the necessity of traveling by night to avoid the Union troops.

Dear Parents

Here I am seated at the foot of a small sapling with the boys all around me sleeping in the shade waiting for the dark hours of night before we start on our next ride as we have to travel altogather at night for fear of the Feds We have not made much headway as yet as we have to wait for our Captain to transact some business of importance but we expect to leave this Country to day in earnest there are about 20 men in our company all of them fine fellows and as brave as Lions some of them have been with Price and all of them expect to be there very soon I expect to see Uncle Perry before I join any command but I expect to return to Missouri I have never enjoyed better health in my life we have lived well since I left hiding in the woods during the day and there enjoy the hospitality of our friends we have not done any cooking since we left as they supply us with all edibles necessary and seem to be very happy in doing so I stoped at a Gentlemans house yesterday and he had our boots cleaned and our horses cleaned[?] off and a good bed prepared for our reception which I enjoyed very much as I had not slept for 2 nights after riding in the rain

I hope when I hear from you to learn that mother has is not grieving at my absence give my love to brother and all enquiring friends Kiss Mary for me and tell Mariah that I remember the look she gave me when I left. this will be delivered by a gentleman who has been very kind to us and as he is in a hurry I must close I will write at every oportunity excuse mistakes as the boys are making all kinds of noise

Your Son

Sam Kennard

State of Missouri

March 19, 1862

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
St Louis

Dates: 1862-03-19

Type(s): Letter

Maker/Creator: Kennard, Samuel M., 1842-1916

Subjects: Civil War, 1861-1865
Armed Forces


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