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Letter signed W.H. Kesterson, General Hospital, Springfield, Mo., to his brother Joseph Kesterson, October 28, 1864

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Identifier: D04991

Title: Letter signed W.H. Kesterson, General Hospital, Springfield, Mo., to his brother Joseph Kesterson, October 28, 1864


Comments on family news, a disagreement he and his father had over the 1864 presidential election, and his health.

Transcription: General Hospital

Springfield Mo Oct the 28th


It is with pleasure that I again take my pen in hand to drop you a few lines to let you know how I am a geting along I am in tolerable health at this time and hope when these few lines comes to hand they may find you in good health yore letter of the 20th came to hand 2 days ago and I was truly glad to heare from you again and to hear that you was ageting along well I have also got a letter from home from my wife she said that they was all will it was dated Oct the 1st margret said that the country was full of bushwhackers that she saw some every day she said I need not look for a letter from her very often that father was tired of writing for her I supose that the reason he is tired of writing to me is that he dont like the way I wrote to him about going to vote for Mclellen[McClellan] well I tell you how it is if he wants to go to the devil with litle Mc and his coperhead friends he can go but he cant get me for one of the party I had as leave cut my throat and go to hell at once and if he dont want to write to me he can let it alone I am proud to think that you are a going to vote for old abe when you vote for him it aught to be one of the proudest moments of yore life I shall say nothing about the news as you know more about it than I do I hope our forces may capture Price and his whole army I dont know but I will go home this winter after May all get out of the country I think that I shall move my family to some other state next Spring I supose that father is tired of them and I would like for them to be out of that infernal reble hole I want to see them very much but I have one more year to serve yet if the war lasts that long but I dont think if old abe is elected that it will last more than six months longer then I hope to setle some where and enjoy the society of my wife and children the rest of my days which I do not expect to be of great length on this earth my shoulder gets larger all the time and my spine is affected and it seems as if I had a multitude of diseases all mixed up to gether but I must close for the present write often and escuse my scribling so farewell dear Brother if we meet not on earth I hope we may in heaven I remain yore afescionate brother until death

W H Kesterson

to Joseph Kesterson

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States

Dates: 1864-10-28

Type(s): Letter

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

Subjects: Civil War, 1861-1865
Politics and government


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