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George Moulton Transcript
Camp Sickles near Bell Plain May 20
My Dear Mother
I received yours of the ---- containing the tea & postage stamps last evening & although I do not feel like writing today it is so hot and sultry yet I will send a few lines if no more. I have met with an unlucky loss, I refer to my needle case that Miss Canfield gave me, I can not tell what day I lost it nor where I lost it, I had it in my knapsack & I went for it & it was gone, about everything I had was in it & I had to beg an envelope to write to you.
I do not think Sam Bishop will get his transfer papers & even if he does I had rather be in the Ambulance Corps than in the Navy.
In my last letter to Miss Canfield I wrote about a pretty wild flower I was agoing to send her but instead of putting it into the envelope as I thought it dropped on the floor & was spoilt, please tell her about it.
Enclosed you will find a piece of Rebel Telegraph cable, I thought you would like to have it as a curiosity, also some pressed violets from the woods of Virginia.
Col. Merrill led us into battle & stuck by us all the time although two bullets came rather near him. Saturday night one went through & made some ugly holes in it & another went between the top of his head & the top of his right ear & made it bleed & Sunday a bullet or piece of shell struck him on the muscle of his right arm & made it very sore. Col. Roberts joined us Monday afternoon.
You dont know how glad I was to get the magazine Transcript as I have a nice chance to read now.
I will tell you a little incident of Geo. Martin since he has been home he wrote to Sargt. Gookin & asked him to write to the Methodist brothers and tell them the stories were all false about him.
I will not ask you to send me anything yet as I am destitute anything will be gladly received.
I had a letter from Charley Ring yesterday. I shall answer it as soon as possible.
I think we shall not move again for some time as it looks as if the Army was to be reorganized & recruited up. They are building ovens to bake bread for us & the Generals are having arbors &c built.
Give my love to all kind friends with a good share to yourself
From your affectionate son,
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