CIVIL WAR: UNION - THE SAD STORY OF A VOLUNTEER FROM MAINE
Civil War Archive including: new soldier Ambrose Cummings' letter to his father, describing army life; a letter from a fellow soldier, reporting that Cummings is ill but expected to recover; a letter from a New York undertaker sending Cumming's dad a bill for funeral arrangements; and a telegram from the undertaker: the youth's body is on its way home.
Collection comprised of: 1) Autograph Letter signed "Ambros Commins", 4 pages (integral leaf), 3½x6. East New York, 1862 November 20.
In full (spelling errors in original): "Dear Farther, I take this plesant opertunity to rite you a few lines to let you know that I am well with the exception of a boil on my wrist. It berst this morning and it feals sum better. We exchianged guns yesterday. We was armed with the Enfield rifle now. It is a very neat and pretty weapon. I haven't received but one letter from hom. I want you to rite oft times. Dexter Nash had a letter from home and they sed you had received none of my letters. I have written 4 besides this. I send my love to you and mother likewise to brothers and sisters and wood be very happy to hav them to write to me. I had a pass last Friday and went up to Brooklin. From thare I went over to New York. I enjoyed myself very mutch. I think wen I am pade I shel hav sum photergraphs takin and I will send them home. Tel Joel Sidelinger that I herd they was a going to Draft and I hope he will be one of them to go with us. Our first lieutenant has ben sick ever since we hav been here and he tolkes of cumming home now. They was another death this morning in the 24th Regt. Co K he died with the arosiples [?]. The boys ar duing all well here with the Measels. They is 22 sick ones. I have nothing more to rite at presant. Pleas write as soon as you git this from your son". Normal mailing folds. Toned. Bottom...
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