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William Combs Letters

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Document Type: Autograph Letter

Author: William Combs
Date: March 8, 1863
Place: Poolesville, Maryland
To: Eliza Doolittle Combs

Physical Description: ink on paper; 4 pages (20 x 13 cm) on 1 folded sheet

Number: MSN CW 5011-4

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

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No 8

Camp grover Poolville Meriland

March 8 1862 [properly 1863] dear Wife i recieved your letter friday night and was glad to here from you i am well and hope this will find you the same we are all well i put a letter in the office friday nite to let you now that edward Doolittle [i.e., Pvt. Edward Doolittle, Company C, 14th New Hampshire Infantry] was sick he is yet alive but he is very sick if you doo not git the other i want you to let them know that he is very sick and we dont think that he will live he has got the tyfoid fever he is as poor as a Cro he may git well but we dont expect it we have got a hospertle in our Comperny and John S thair of west swonzey [sp. West Swanzey] takes care of the sick there Doct perkins [i.e., Asst. Surg. Marshall Perkins] Doctors them we like him well he Docters our comperny all the time i am in the hospertle helping take care of the sick he has

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had good care if he dies i shall have nothing to rflect on for not taking Care of him he has had a good bead to lay on and good care let them Now as soon as you get this we have taken 23 priseners and they are going to take them to Washington to morrow one of them is a Captain they took him and the cavelry was taking him to Poolville and they come to a fork in the road the Captain asked them if that was the road to Poolville they told him yes he slacked his hors as to fix his saddle the cavelry pased a little buy when he turned his hors and bid them good buy they persued him but and fired at him three times but did not hit him the next day a team past the pickits they stoped him and serched his waggon and found

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him covered up in ablanket in the bottom of the wagon they took him and the driver down to Poolville he is smart but not smart enough for us them three rings i sent was for the boys i dont know as they are big enough but i gess they can ware them on their little fingers that is the way that we ware them here i will send one to Carrey [i.e., the author's daughter, Carrie Eliza Combs] as soon as i can make it tell me wather they fit or not send me all the nuse you can find you asked me if we brothers have had any trouble we have not i supose the reson that he did not want me to know it he had no place to put her was in our tent he would sent us off to another tent and took her in their

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but i am glad that she did not come he was disopointed well i must bid you good buy for this time i thin that Alvin ought to have 9 or 10 dollers a month i expect wages are high here i guess he can get 10 dollers a month tell him to bee a good boy and not work to hard

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

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