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Letter signed W.H. Kesterson, Springfield, Mo., to his brother Joseph L. Kesterson, June 16, 1864

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Identifier: D05196

Title: Letter signed W.H. Kesterson, Springfield, Mo., to his brother Joseph L. Kesterson, June 16, 1864


Mentions that the bushwhackers are worse in Missouri in the summer of 1864 than ever before.

Transcription: Springfield Mo June the

16th 1864

Dear Brother I seat myself this evening to drop you a few lines to let you know how I am a geting along I think that I am in better health than I have bin for some time I have got some medicine and have bin a doctoring myself and I think that in a week or two that I will be in as good health as ever and I hope that when this comes to hand it may find you in yore usual health I received yore letter of the 4th on the 8th and have neglected to answer it untill now I have not much to write at this time the bushwhackers wenent[went?] in and burned a little town not far from here the other night I think that they are a going to be worse in this state this summer than they ever have bin yet I got a letter from father the other day dated the 6th he was well then he said that the bushwhackers was a geting thick up there I am afraid that he will have to leave there yet if he does I dont see where he will get to that he will be much better off than he is there I hope that I shall get well so I can go to my regiment by the middle of next month if we get paid off here by then for I am tired of staying here I dont think that I will go out with my regiment and I dont want to now for a I cant stay at home and I can make as much in the service as I can out of it and to tell you the truth I dont see how we can ever have any peace untill all the rebels is killed if I ever come down that way I will try and come to see you I must now come to a close for the present hoping yet to see you on earth but if we meet no more on earth let us try and meet in heaven where there will be no more parting while I remain yore afescionate brother untill death farewell

W H Kesterson

to Joseph I Kesteron

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States

Dates: 1864-06-16

Type(s): Letter

Maker/Creator: Kesterson, William H. H., -1883

Subjects: Civil War, 1861-1865
Guerrilla warfare
Armed Forces


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