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John M. Jackson Letters

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Document Type: Autograph Letter Signed

Author: John M. Jackson
Date: September 14, 1862
Place: Camp Abraham Lincoln, Portland, Maine
To: Betsey Mower Jackson

Physical Description: Ink on paper; 3 pages (21 x 13 cm.) on 1 folded sheet

Number: MSN CW 5017-1

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Camp Abraham Lincoln. Portland.
Sept. 14. 1862.
Dear Mother.

     I did not intend to write until I got out of Lewiston & then not Sunday but I do not expect to have a chance to write to-morrow & I want to know three or four things as soon as possible.
     Well Mother, I am fairly under way as a soldier & queer enough it seems I tell you. Last night we had considerable excitement. one fellow had three

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rum fits in the night & has had some ten or twelve to-day another has been nearly drunk ever since we started from Lewiston he got belated at the Junction & had to hire a team & come in When we came in we had to march over considerable of the city & I got very tired. During the night we had the most wretched up stir I ever saw. it was a continual bellowing all night but I feel the best that I have for several days. I attended church in the City this forenoon.
     Our company is praised by all & we have the position that we desired. I like so far very much lazy as it seems.

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I want some one to write me immedately & give me Mary Maxwell's & Wilber's direction Delora [i.e., Delora Jackson] will like to over haul my letters.
I don't know as I want you to send me any thing until I come home which I intend to do next Satuday. Will you be quiet about me for I am in good condition Tell them to direct to
Camp Abraham Lincoln
Care of Capt A. B. Soule.

From your affectionate son

Mrs. J. Jackson.

Transcription last modified: 11 Nov 2004 at 11:05 AM EST

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