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William Combs Letters

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Document Type: Autograph Letter Signed

Author: William Combs
Date: November 23, 1862
Place: Poolesville, Maryland
To: Eliza Doolittle Combs

Physical Description: ink on paper; 3 pages (20 x 13 cm) on 1 folded sheet

Note: written on regimental letterhead

Number: MSN CW 5011-1

Transcribed by: Brandy Hutton and George Rugg, 2001-02

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sunday nov 23 1862

Camp grover i reCieved your letter yesterday and was very sorry to here that you have not heard from mee i have ritten two letters besides this since i Came from Washington and recieved two from you i shall rite as often as i here from you we are expeCt to stay here all winter we have fixt up our tents with logs and have baught a stove and put into it and it is very Cofortable for winter we have moved as i told you before and have got a good place to Winter we all expect to Come home in the spect spring and may never see a battle we hope not the soldiers think different of the war than

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thay did when they inlisted the niggers d not want to bee free no more then we want to bee slaves i know a negrow that is free and he sais he has to work harder to get a living then it when he was a slave if the boys was at home now their wood not 10 of them inlist again we regiment are not but very few of them siCk i have bin sick as i told you before but i am well now you did not tell me whather you had got your state ade or not tell mee about it you asked mee if you had better let Walter go up to strutens if you have any school here i wood not let them go away from home they will bee Company for you and help you

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tell me whather you have got your wood Cut and put in the shead or not and put in the shead and tell me about the Cow and pig and all your things and whather their is any snow there and all about it we have no snow here but it is Cold but does not freas muCh it has rained for five dais about all the time they want the Captin two bee maj janeral and i think he will have it he drills the offerCers i believe i have ritten all that i Can think to wright about now so good buy wright as soon as you git this

this from your dear husband
William Combs the soldier

Transcription last modified: 28 Feb 2007 at 04:37 PM EST

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