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Caley Family Correspondence

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Document Type: Autograph Letter Signed

Author: Charles Caley
Date: December 9, 1862
Place: New Albany, Indiana
To: Juliaette Caley

Physical Description: Ink on paper; 4 pages (25 x 20 cm.) on 1 folded sheet

Number: MSN CW 5024-04

Transcribed by: Jonathan Lawrence and George Rugg, 2004-05

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New Albany Indianna
December 9 62

     Dear juliaette I reseived your leter yester day and also the picture i was very glad to get them also to hear from you the picture i think a very good one and is worth a great deal to me as long as i cannot see you i hope that the time is not to be very long before i shall see you again i aint shure but you look beter with short hair my shoulder is geting along first rate but is not so that i could drill if i was at the regiment the Doctor says that i can not go for some time i have got the cap you sent me which i think is a very nice one and will be worth a good deal to me when i go to camp again i got a leter from John and Marey [i.e., John and Mary Caley, brother and sister-in-law to author] yesterday

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they are well and enjoying them selves first rate they say that the weather is very pleasant in iowa this fall John has got his corn nearly all husked
i also got a leter from William Thomas last saturday he is at frankford yet he is wel and enjoying himself first rate he says that they take a good many prisiners thair he says that he drives ambulannce and takes care of the Magers horse and he boards with the Mager he has twenty dolars and a half a month he thinks that they will stay thair all winter to guard railroad briges thair regiment went out the other morning to shoot of thair guns and a negro got upon a fence about six hundred yards from them to see what was the mater and a ball hit him on the head over the right eye the doctor took the ball out

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out he says that if it had ben a white man it would of killed him but it did not hurt the negro much The weather is very pleasant here it has not stormed more than three or four days since i have been here it is so dry that the wheat that was sown this fal has hardly got up yet juliaett have you ben wel all the fal your picture looks to me jusas if you was not as wel as wel as when i left home if you are not wel let me no it dont keep any thing from me i should like to see you but it is hard deling when i shall it may be a good while and it may not be but a few weeks before us soldiers will go home again i for one hope so at least thair was twelve left this hospital for thair regiments yester day

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George Martain [i.e., Pvt. George Martin, Co. F, 105th Ohio Infantry] is about to get his discharge now the doctors examind him last week and pronounsed him unfit for service but he may have to stay here for sometime yet he has not got his descriptive list yet and he cannot get his pay untill he gets it i dont think Captain Williams is mutch of a man as he would send them to us he knows that that we have no cloath only what we had on when we left the Regiment and that we cannot get them without our descriptive list
     i shall have to draw my leter to a close i will and bid you good by for this time from your Husband


Transcription last modified: 16 Dec 2005 at 03:35 PM EST

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