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Horace Wright - McClellan Transcript

Berlin, MD November 23, 1862

Dear Wife

I sit down this morning to answer your fond letter wich come to hand last night.  I have not heard a word from home since I left Ilchester till last night.  I had five letters all at once, two from you and three from Arabine and was very glad to hear you was all well.

My health is very poor but gaining very slow.  I had some onions given me to eat.  I have fried them along and eaten them and they seem to do me the most good of anything I have had for a good while and I got a little tea so I do not have to drink coffee lately.

Tell Arabine I am greatly obliged to her for her present and shall spend it for onions and tea.  I got her postage stamps she sent me.  I sent for some shirts and stockings but you had not better send at present; it costs so much to send by express.  If you have a chance to send by some one that is coming out here you may send them; if not, keep them.  If you should send direct to Horace Wright, Co. H. 10th Maine regerment, Berlin, MD.

When I wrote to you last, I was stationed at Sandy Hook, six miles from here and expected to stay there this winter, but they wanted a teame to the regerment for hospital perhaps, so they sent me.  I do not have much duty to do here.  I sleep in my carriage; it shuts up tight and is warm and better than sleeping on the ground.

I live alone and do my own cooking.  I am taking more comfort now than I have ever taken since I came from home, if you can call it comfort.  Tell the children I should like to have them happen along when I am cooking my dinner or supper so they can see how I do it.  I have got a little spider and a kittle, a little pot for my tea, so you can imagine how I get along with my duty.

Give my love to all of the children; tell them I want to see them very much.  I had a letter from Cousin Laura and I answered it.  I asked her to go over and see you and tell you I had not heard from home since I left Ilchester but the letters all came last night.  But where they have been all of this time do not know.  The mailes are very iregular; it is hard work to get any maile correctly nowadays.

I sent Arabine a paper with General McLelan’s farewell to the Army.  President Lincoln has removed him from command wich I think is a very wrong move.  The abolitionist have made a real one of Old Abe, just what I have been expecting they would, but so its go.  I have seen enough of the republican and abolitionest administration to last me my life time.

You wrote you had a letter from Lyman and he thought he should be at home by Thanksgiven.  Poor boy, I hope he will and should like to see him but do not know when I shall.  I have written two letters to him and sent him four postage stamps but have not had an answer from him.  Yet if he should come home before I see him tell him from me to make out his visit so to go to school as soon as he can and be a good boy and learn as fast as he can.  Tell him to give his money, if he has got any, to his mother, for she can take care of it better than he can.  And be sure and stay at home nights; stay at home with the children.

You spoke of Lieut. Bradbury; he learnt rascality fast after he went to the capt. School but I guess it will be a dear lesson to him.  I do not know what this thing is coming to.  Capt. West from Co. D has made away with five or six hundred dollars of money belonging to men in that company.  They are having a fuss about it.  I do not know how they will make it.  Steel and plunder appears to be the object of a magoraty of the officers now. 

Mrs. Folsom has got one thing to comfort her; her husband died an honest man and that is more than I can say of some others.

But I am tiring you so I will close.  Tell Sis Mary I believe I have not had an answer from that letter I sent her alone.  Tell them all to remember Father and that he wants to see them very much.  Write as often as convenient some of you.  Yours in haste from your effectionate and loving husband.         

Horace Wright

P.S.  Direct to Horace Wright, Co. H, 10th Maine
Regerment, Berlin, MD