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Letter signed Fred, Kansas City, Mo., to Cousins, February 28, 1862

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Identifier: D04588

Title: Letter signed Fred, Kansas City, Mo., to Cousins, February 28, 1862


Contains a description of Fort Union in Kansas City. Gives a brief account of the affairs of the 2nd Ohio Cavalry.

Transcription: Kansas City Mo Feb 28th / 62

Dear Cousins.

Your welcome letter was recvd this morning. and I assure you I was glad to hear from you again. and to know that you are well. We are having pretty good times for soldiers. We cam here from Ft. Leavenworth last Saturday. or rather we started on Saturday and arrived here on Sunday night. We had a pretty good time marching here. we camped on the Delaware Indian reservation Sat night. We saw a few Indians but they were rather poor looking specimens of humanity. not much such looking men as history describes them to be. We (that is Co A.) are guarding Ft Union. a fort that the Home Guards built last spring as a protection against “Jay Hawkers” There is considerable government property in it and two canon mounted. one a 36 pounder. and the other a small swivel. We fire the large gun at sunrise and sun set and I tell you it speaks pretty loud. We are quartered in a couple of long [and] brick buildings and they are nice buildings to. the one we (our mess I mean) are in is as large as James Upsons house. and a good deal such a nice shaped building. Two messes of us have three large rooms up stairs and are as comfortably situated as soldiers can ask to be. The weather for the last few days has been most splendid regular spring weather. The 2nd Battallion of our Reg had a brush with the rebels at Independence (12 miles from here) a few days ago in which our side lost one and had two wounded. and the rebels lost five and had four taken prisoner. The report is that we are to stay here till the river opens. and then go to St Louis. but it is only a report. and we do not know how true it may be I do not know any thing about the men you speak about, in fact we hardly know any thing about men in other companies. and still less about other Battallions. I would enquire about it but the Battallion is out of the city on some kind of duty. I am well at present and hope I shall remain so. Morris is not at all well. and is not able to do duty. I think he will get a discharge before he leaves here. He has partly got the promise of it. He got a letter from his wife this morning. they were all well. but homesick. I hope we shall get a discharge soon. but do not hardly expect it. Write soon and believe me to be your aff cos


Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States

Dates: 1862-02-28

Type(s): Letter


Subjects: Civil War, 1861-1865
Armed Forces
Indians of North America


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