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2nd Arkansas Infantry

Item LTR-5518
July 27, 1865 Gilbert M. Shelby
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4 pages, original Civil War soldier's letter written in period ink and war dated.

Clarksville, Arkansas
July 27, 1865

Dear Father and Mother,

I received a letter from Riggs this morning and learned from that where you were. It is the first I have heard from you since you left Fort Smith. We are well and hope this may find you all the same. I have no news to write. Only we will be mustered out next week. The mustering officer left Little Rock yesterday to muster out our regiment and we will come out to the country as soon as we get out. George is coming home to see you. I don’t know what he will do yet. He is as large as I am if not larger in his one estimation. I myself am going to Leavenworth but if I can I will come by and see you all. We are coming with one of our cousins. Captain Schyler, he married Wesley King girl. He lives in Kansas. We are boarding with aunt Rachel King now. We have not had a day’s sickness since we have been out to say sickness. Riggs’ folks is all well. I am going to start to Fort Smith the first boat. I am looking for one today. I am going to turn over some ordnance stores at the Fort. Mother, our kind is all rebels and we have the devil with them or did. But now they are whipped. Morey and Ally and Reamey and Cathey, tell all of them that I would like to see all of them. My little humpy is dead. Ema is at Leavenworth Kansas. You can write to me when I get home. I will close for the present.

Yours as ever,

G. M. Shelby

To

D. D. White and family

The Arkansas River is in good boating shape and has been all summer.