The Civil War in Primary Resources: An Exhibition by the Special Collections Library


George Messer


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First page of letter from George Messer to his wife Lottie in Clinton, Illinois regarding conditions in U.S. Army. Camp Jo Kelly was renamed Camp Hobson.

Letter No. 21

Camp Jo Kelley Near Glasgow Barren Co. Ky

March 26th AD 1863

My Dear Wife I seat myself this morning to write you a few lines to let you know that I am well and hearty and I hope this may find you & Eddy well and hearty as well as all the rest of the family. I received a letter from you last Sunday evening (letter No. 17) and I have neglected to answer it until today and in fact I have not had much chance for I have been very busy most all the time except when it was raining and then it was so cold in our tent (and we could have no fire) that I could not write with any comfort and it is so cold today that I am not any too warm with my overcoat on I started a letter to you last sunday Morning by --- Graham which I suppose you have got by this time. I was on Pickett yesterday and last night it was pretty cold last night too but that is nothing when we get used to it. The day before yesterday was a very stormy and . .


U.S. Civil War 1861-1865


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