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Letter signed Sam [Samuel M. Kennard], Hd. Qrs. Guibor's Battery, near Tuscumbia, Ala., to his father, November 7, 1864

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Identifier: D05194

Title: Letter signed Sam [Samuel M. Kennard], Hd. Qrs. Guibor's Battery, near Tuscumbia, Ala., to his father, November 7, 1864


States his interest in hearing about daily events from St. Louis.

Transcription: Red Cross Guibors Battery

Near Tuscumbia Ala

Nov 7th 1864

My Dear Father

I[?] recd[?] yours of Sept 22nd this morning enclosed in one from Aunt [letter damage, word unclear] your letters come through regularly once per month. I would be much better satisfied if they would come more frequently I have thought of Home within the last month more than ever before and a letter from dear “Old St. Louis” is always read and reread with pleasure. the many, many little incidents which transpire around you daily and which seem so insignificant to you are interesting to me separated as I am, from all of my old associates and companions There are in our company four or five “St. Louis Boys’ with whom I am quite intimate. when not otherwise engaged we assemble around one of the camp fires, and while the beef is boiling, we talk of our absent friends and conjecture what they are doing — how engaged and c. at times I become dejected and low spirited and long for the “good old times” to return, when I can visit dear friends and relatives at pleasure and without fear but these sad moments with me are like the summer clouds. they soon pass away and are forgotten, it is impossible for one situated as I am to be happy at all time, separated from home and friends — from comforts and luxuries — and compelled to associate with persons whose tastes are entirely unlikely mine, will make a person feel bad sometimes. but fortunately I do not allow myself to remain in this state of mind. I amuse myself and shake off all gloomy thoughts and plunge, into my duties as before I expect to return home when the War is over, not before that time under any circumstances whatever. Uncle P is living near Selnea[Selena] Ala — he and Aunt Helen are in good health. All of our Geo Cousins are in fine health I hear from them regularly I intend to get a furlough this winter and visit everybody I know If I am successful I will have[?] a fine time. I expect to dance nearly every night I know you will excuse me for this as I am debared from all other pleasures. when I return I will quit all my foolish ways and live a sober, honest and upright life. Kiss Mother and Mollie for me I will write to Mother in a few days, tell Brother that I want him to marry before I get back as I am old enough to be called — Uncle — Father write as often a possible to your affectionate devoted Son Sam

John is well I saw him yesterday

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
St Louis

Dates: 1864-11-07

Type(s): Letter

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

Subjects: Civil War, 1861-1865
Armed Forces


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