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John M. Jackson Letters

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Document Type: Autograph Letter Signed

Author: John M. Jackson
Date: September 28, 1864
Place: 9th Corps Hospital, City Point, Virginia
To: Betsey Mower Jackson and Delinda Jackson

Physical Description: Ink on paper; 4 pages (21 x 13 cm.) on 1 folded sheet

Number: MSN CW 5017-36

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9th Corps Hospital City Point Va.
September 28th 1864
Dear Mother,

     I rec'd a letter from you and Delinda this morning and be sure it was a pleasure to me. Sorry that you worry about me at all. You would not if you knew how I am. I have written such blue letters along back that I know it must make you feel unpleasant. I am sorry that I wrote so. You know though that it is a good symptom for any one to find fault. I shall go to my Regt. again tomorrow morn. I intend if nothing happens more than I anticipate.
     Our Capt. left here this morning on his way home. I sent my watch and a package of old letters by him He will probably get home next week so if you wish to see him you can

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probably do so the last of next week or the first of week after next.
I think there must be a letter between the ones I have rec'd. Your letter spoke of your visions of a poor soldier. I assure you, you have altogether too dark a vision of that soldier. I am fully prepared to say with you, "What a blessed religion!" whether I have religion or not. I have seen enough of the effects of religion so I can heartily endorse the sentiment. I have not been sick enough to go home. I, of course, should like to go home if I could but I suppose they want me to help take Richmond or some other great work. I shall be glad to get my mail more regularly I have not got my mail very soon after sent as you have seen by my letters. Dont worry about my going to my Regt. too soon for be sure I would not go if I did not think it for the best. If I cannot endure the service

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I have no doubt that the Surgeon would send me to Div. Hosp, or some other good place. I dont believe he will require me to do duty unless I am able for it. He has used me first rate always. Dont let the eating of my grapes trouble you for next year I trust I shall eat them with you and if the vine does well it ought to produce enough to give us both a good taste. Warrant Alonzo [i.e., Alonzo Jackson] likes to stop after meeting. I reckon I have not attended many meetings for the last six months. Glad Grandmother is so well. Dear good grandmother but few are blessed so highly as I am in the way of parents grandparents and relatives. I desire that the time may soon come when the war may be over and I may meet you in health and prosperity. I have been thinking perhaps I should like to hire with the proprietors at home for a while after I get home.

In love, your son

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Dear Sister Delinda, I am glad you have at last been able to visit our Sivermore friends. I should like to visit them and will by and by. I trust, "Associations" and such like are to me pleasant rememberances.
     I should like to see Cousin Mary very much but she would not take the trouble to come to see us last winter when she was down there so I shall not be likely to try so very hard to go to see her until she does come there when I am at home.
I am glad you approve my course about making money by means that my conscience will not fully approve. If I live I want to have money to buy me a farm in the course of two or three years but I rather die with a perfectly free conscience than as an owner of a farm if I can have but one
     My love to all my friends. Probably I cannot write very often for awhile.


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I understand that our Corps is moving so I dont know what is in store for me. if I go to the Div Hosp I can write before long.

Transcription last modified: 11 Nov 2004 at 12:11 PM EST

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