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William Combs Letters

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Document Type: Autograph Letter Signed

Author: William Combs
Date: January 8, 1864
Place: Washington D.C.
To: Eliza Doolittle Combs

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

Number: MSN CW 5011-6

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

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Camp Adarondac [sp. Adirondack]
Washington, D.C. Jan.8.1864

Dear wife i reieve your letter yesterday and was glad to here that you are all well and injoying good helth and hope you will injoy the same till i retirn we are all well here now the old soldiers are all inlisting again they are going home by thousands on thirty days ferlo Congress has passed a resolution to rase one million more men for ninty days and march them threw the south and liberate all the priseners that they have got and plant the union flag in every place that they now hold the bill has gone to the President the congressmen say they will all go and fite

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well we have eaten the tirkey all up every one that has eaten of it any of the victles say that it is the best they ever eat it was nice i have not eaten any of the sosages nor the souce i gave Charles Barber [i.e., Pvt. Charles H. Barber, Co. C, 14th New Hampshire Infantry] some he says god bill you have got a damb nice woman she is the best one that has been in camp i feel proud of your coming here every one speaks well of you i did not know how to prize you before but i can say that you are the best looking woman that has been in camp and the best one i know the boys say i dont see why what made Seel have have that woman. she is hombly enough to bee good they dont think much of her Seele expected to bee promoted

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to sargeont but faled in his atempt corpril Ward [i.e., Corp. Harrison R. Ward, Co. C, 14th New Hampshire Infantry] started home on a ferlo tonite i dont think he will ever come back the docter told him not to come back till he was well old quins wife is here yet she has got better we have not been paid off yet and dont expect to bee till the first of march the paymaster says there has been so much money paid to volenters that he cant pay till the first of march i wish you would send me five dollars in your next and i will try to get along till we are paid well i must bid you good buy again i hope not many times more kiss sissy and Willie [i.e., the author's son, Wilson Eliphalet Combs (b. 1858] for me and one on each cheek your self from your husband William Combs

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

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