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Horace Wright 6/14 Transcript
Camp Jackson Washington DC June 15, 1861
I will spend a few moments this afternoon to write you a few lines to let you know that I am well and hope these few lines will find you the same. I received your letter last night and was very glad to hear from you I assure you. I had a chance to send home so I wrote to Lyman and Mary and sent them by Mr. John H. Turner of Lewiston, who has been discharged from our company and gone home
I have not much news to write now except we were turned out last night about ½ one oclock to fight the enemy. We were paraded about on our awaiting for the enemy to come on before we found out it was a fals alarm. It was an exciting time to see and here 5,000 soldiers getting ready for battle, I will assure you.
I had as much as I could do to keep Capt. Emerson in the camp. He has been very sick. I gave him one of my emeticks yesterday and it operated first rate and he is a great deal better to day. He will be able to do duty again in a day or to if nothing new takes place.
I wrote to Lyman that George Parker was sick. He is better to day and will be able to do duty soon. Tell all of the folks how do for me, also the children. Tell them to remember father, tell Arabine not to work too hard in the mill. You wrote to me that she was to work on the new mill but did not write where she boarded.
You wrote to me not wory about home. I cannot help it when we lay down without half supper enough. I cannot help thinking of you at home. I wish you could look in upon us about twenty four hours so you could judge for your self. But enough of that at present.
I went down to the (?) last night to get some medicine for Capt. Emerson. The (?) was over run with soldiers coming from all direction north. It is estemted that there is 50,000 troops within the vicinity of Washington tha can be raised in two hours. I have got sick and tired of the sound of war but must stand it a while longer. I hope if I live to get home I shall never here the sound of war again while I live.
It is groing late draw my letter to a close. You must write me as often as you can for it is a great treat to sit down and read a letter from you, I assure you. You wrote me that Arabine was going to write Sunday. Tell her to be sure to write to me without fail and write all the news she can find to write. Tell Ellura and Laura a letter from them would be received with great pleasure. Tell the children to be good.
Tell Charly there is a little negro boy a little biger than he is out in the camp yard a dancing. I wish he could see him a few minits. He would laugh; I know he would. Ask him if he wants me to bring him home a little negro boy.
I have sent you a paper in company with this letter. I thought you would like to see a paper from here. It contains the news of the evacuation of Harper’s Ferry by the rebel troops. From all appearances they are backing down at every point in this vicinity. There is but one more point of any great importance in this vicinity…that is Manassa Junction and General Scott is directing his forces in that direction as fast as he can safely.
I have got excused from duty this afternoon for the purpose of writing to you. I can look out of the camp door and see 5000 troop drilling. They have to drill two hours in the forenoon. I wish you all could look at them a little wile this afternoon and see how they maneuver in form of battle. But I am tiering you my writing.
If any one inqires of you how we like Col. Jackson you tell them he is the greates tyrant that ever traveled the face of gods earth. I am afraid if we ever go into battle that some of his own men will shot him. All the rest of our officers are very good men. Tell friend Young that I have not forgot him and will and will write him as soon as I can get time. Remember me to all inquiring friend. Write me as often as you so I must bid you good by for the present. Yours in hast. Receive this from your effectionate husband. It is very hot weather here now. The thermometer ranges from 90 to 100 degrees above zero.
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