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Letter signed E.G. Black, Benton Barracks, Mo., to his parents, sister, and brothers, March 28, 1862

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Identifier: D04627

Title: Letter signed E.G. Black, Benton Barracks, Mo., to his parents, sister, and brothers, March 28, 1862


Briefly describes the regiment's journey down the Mississippi River from Keokuk, Iowa, to St. Louis. On illustrated stationery.

Transcription: Benton. Barracks.

March 28th / 62

Dear parents. Sister. [and] brothers.

I Suppose you have heard ere this, that the ‘15th’ has left Keokuk. last wednesday afternoon we Shouldered knapsacks [and] marched through the mud and rain to the boat, which was waiting for us at the wharf. when all was on board and evrything ready. the boat pushed off. as it left the wharf. cheers. after cheers. arose from the dense crowd, whach had gathered there to see the ‘15th’ Start for the “land of dixie,” but we were Soon out of hearing for the boat glided Swiftly down the river, [and] Keokuk was lost to our Sight as we passed around the bend at warsaw. we passed two towns on the mosouri[Missouri] Side before dark. and came in Sight of Quincy just after dark. the town was lit up with gas. and presented a grand appearance. when viewed from the river. the boat Stoped nearly an hour at that place which was the only place we Stoped at until we landed at St. Louis. the most of the boys had to Stay (not Sleep) on the lower deck all night. but as I was on the Sick list. I got a State-room to Sleep in. I got up the next morning in time to See the mouth of the “Mosouri.”[Missouri] Soon after we came in Sight of Alton, it is in appearance a pretty large city. the drums are now beating for roll-call. and I can write no more tonight. good night and pleasant dreams

Saturday morning.

we were up bright and early this morning [and] drilled an hour before breakfast. we drill evry morning before breakfast. which gives us a good appetite for what little we have to eat. we lived on crackers [and] roll-call, awhile after we came here. but I must tell you about arriving at St. Louis. the boat left the wharf at keokuk at half past four oclock in the evening. and arrived at St Louis the next morning at half past eight. We did not leave the boat until near noon when the regt was formed on front street and when the plunder was all loaded. we Started for the barracks which are four miles from the river. St Louis may be a large city. but the buildings are so high and Streets are So narrow that I could only See the part that we passed through

As we passed through the city, the thousands of handkerchiefs and cheifs and flags that were waved to us from the windows, by the fair ones. Showed that at least that part of the population of St. Louis. is for the union, as they generaly are. Gen Halleck told our Col. that his was the best unarmed reg’t that he had ever Seen. we are now under marching orders and will leave in a few days; the teamsters are all busy breaking their mules. we received our arms this week; we got the Springfield rifled muskets; they are a splendid gun. very light and handy to carry. I received a letter from Cook Fisher this week. he was well. he Said they were at Barboursville yet and had been there all winter. Orlando, he Said that he wrote a letter to you a long time ago and wants to know if you ever got it. he directed it to you but did not know put the county on because he had forgotten it. tell me when you write if you got it. I lost my knapsack with all my clothing on the boat. Some one took it and left theirs in place of it. a good pair of blankets was all that was in the one I got. I inquired in all the companies but could not find it.

John [and] Will are both well. Also James Vantreese.

We have not been paid yet & dont expect to be. Soon. it is the next thing to impossible to get stamps here, that is one[?] that I have not written Sooner. If you can spare the money I wish you would Send me some Stamps. if you dont I cant write again. Soon. It is almost drill time, and I must draw to a close. give my love to all the girls [and] respects to all the boys up there. tell Charlie...

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
St Louis

Dates: 1862-03-28

Type(s): Letter

Maker/Creator: Black, E. G.

Subjects: Civil War, 1861-1865
Armed Forces
Benton Barracks (Saint Louis, Mo.)


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