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Letter signed David T. Massey, camp near Columbus, to his father [Nathan Massey], January 3, [1863]

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Identifier: D05299

Title: Letter signed David T. Massey, camp near Columbus, to his father [Nathan Massey], January 3, [1863]


Describes his journey from St. Louis to Columbus, and mentions that he will soon move on to Helena, Ark.

Transcription: 1863


Camp Near Columbus

Jan 3th 1862[1863]

Dear Father I sit down to write you afew lines to let you know that I am well at present we left the Barax at st Louis the 23th and we got on the boat about 4 oclock that evening and landed at Columbus Key at 5 oclock the nex evening we was mustered for pay the 31th of Dec I dont know where we will be paid I got the letter you wrote the 29th this evn eveing there is a great deal of sickness here Samuel. A. Keller is sick he has got the measles Mr. Bratcher is at st. Louis he is beter when we left st Louis to come to Columbus there they was expecting an attact on that place when we got here they out in line of batle there was a bout 10 thousand men there is 4 batteries here there is 4 pieces of 128 flyers[?] the rest is 32 pounders I seen that big chain that Gen Piller had stretched a cross the Missippa[Mississippi] there is a great many curiosities to be seen down here we are under marching orders to go down to Helna[Helena] Ark I have not mutch to write I want you to write as often as you can so no more at present

Your son David. T. Massey

David Massey

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
St Louis

Dates: 1863-01-03

Type(s): Letter

Maker/Creator: Massey, David T., -1864

Subjects: Civil War, 1861-1865
Armed Forces


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