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Letter signed H.J. Bevel, Pacific City, Mo., to Benjamin and Eliza J. Haregrave, May 24, 1863

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Identifier: D04624

Title: Letter signed H.J. Bevel, Pacific City, Mo., to Benjamin and Eliza J. Haregrave, May 24, 1863


Relates camp news, and comments on Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation. Describes the political climate and its uncertainties in parts of Missouri.

Transcription: Pacific City Mo. May 24th 1863

Benjamin and Eliza J. Haregrave,

Dear Relatives,

I Seat my Self and grasp my pen, to drop you a line whitch I hope will be of Entrest to you all, This Communication of mine will inform you, that I had the pleasure to day of receiving your once more welcomed letter, I had been Expecting to hear from you for several days, but your letter found a welcome, when It did come. I was as asal[usual?] very glad to hear form the forks of the river, There seems to be from the reading of your letter, some entimations of yours haveing trouble in your Neighborhood, I am very sorry to hear it, I do hope the Loyal Citizens of your section, will be prepared for any assault, It is my opinion that there will be more trouble in your section of the Country than in any other portion of the state.

The time has come that Loyal Citizens must work, they must not wait and depend upon the military authority any longer, but if they will go to work them selves, and assist the Military, there can be more done, than Ever has been done, They should not be let to get the start with you, but let every man be ready to jump at a moment, and help eachother to save this Country, this is the means that must be adopted — and the sooner it is done the better it will be.

This letter will inform you, that Mother Arrived here last Wednesday, Sis Jane I was never so astonished in my life, I did not know that she was this side of Chillicothe, untill she was within four feet of me, You Can immagin our meeting better than my pen can tell you; She stood her trip well for the first time, though she got a little sick on the cars before she got to Hannibal, she has had good health since she came down, and I believe the trip will be a great benefit to her.

She remained with me till Friday, we then went up to Washington to see the Baby - Sister I would have given ten dollars if you Could have seen Mother and Tommy meet Mother Cried, and Tommy Laughed,

Brother Tommy has got a Furlough, and he is going home with Mother, They talk of starting Tuesday — they will be down here Monday Evening and leave here at 6 oclock Tuesday morning,

I received a letter to day from Father, together with yours. Him and Horace was well. but very lonesom, he wants mother to Come back as soon as she Can, His Letter gave me Considerable news, and I am afraid that you all will have sorrow and trouble during the summer, but dont look on the dark side of the picture, but keep the bright side towards you all the time. and hold a high Head — let Come what will —

We have nothing but Peace and Harmony down here, nor we dont any trouble. though we cant tell what the future will bring about. But if we had not Experienced Warfare elsewhear, we would not know what a soliders life is. for we have nothing to do but Eat and sleep — Read and Wait — but we dont know how long this will last, for there is now talk of our being moved from here, there is nothing officeal about it, nor we dont know whether it is true or not, we dont believe it, but still we cant say — Military affairs are very uncertain,

You spoke of Benjamin being sound on the all important question. I was very glad to hear it. I simpley made mention of it in my other letter from the fact that I did not know how he was getting along, and I was anxious to know how — Some good Loyal men, Could not swollow Uncle Abes proclamation of last September, but I can swollow Is[?] just sutch every morning before Breakfast — any thing to put down the Rebelion. I dont care what it is, Tell Ben not to think hard for what I said. for I ment no harm — what Ever — I will soon close, give my respects to...

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States

Dates: 1863-05-24

Type(s): Letter

Maker/Creator: Bevel, Harvey J.

Subjects: Military camps
Civil War, 1861-1865
Politics and government
Armed Forces


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