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14th Pennsylvania Cavalry

Item LTR-5590
November 6, 1864 Charles L. Jeffords
Price: $185.00

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Original Civil War soldier's letter, 4 pages written in period ink.

Sandy Hook, MD

November 6th 1864

Friend Barnes,

I received your welcome letter today and was very glad to hear from you. I am employing the best of health and I hope this may find you and your family the same. I received a letter from my folks today and a soldier’s ballot. Also a couple of votes which are sure to be polled election day. They did not reach me in time to fill them out and send them back in time for you to get them in time for election and then I would lose my vote and I am sure of one here and if I had got that filled out and sent home and it did not get to you in time it would be lost. And I could not vote here, so I thought I would not risk it if I had got it three days sooner. I would risk it to send it , as it was 14 days coming. We have got all our election papers and are ready to give Old Abe a good hoist. I am detailed for clerk of election for our company or what there is here of it. We have in camp about 3000 men of different regiments dismounted and there is but very few that talk bout voting for McClellan and we have got them about shamed out of it. They have been abused so much that some of them say they won’t vote at all. But before this reaches you the race will be run. But if not bet on Old Abe for he is the safe horse. If this reaches you before election for God’s sake and for the sake of our country and for the sake of thousands of poor soldiers who are suffering every privation and risking their lives to save our government from shame and dishonor. Do all you can for Old Abe. Our only fear is at home that we will get whipped by the home vote. But there is one consolation that I have. If I live to get home, the men that vote for McClellan I will have the satisfaction of throwing their treason in their face. I can do it with a good face. I have faced their bullets day after day and I can stand up and face them anywhere, at home or in battle. But I had much rather see them with a musket in their hands and in the ranks of their rebel brothers than at home carrying on their treason. Where they can’t do it without danger. Cowards is too good a name fro them. They ain’t worthy of it.

Well, my only hope is that Abe will get it. I had rather fight four years longer than to have McClellan elected and have the war stopped today.

I have heard the reb soldiers in the midst of action hurrah for McClelland several times this summer. The man that traitors hurrah for, I can’t vote for and do justice to the oath I have taken for Uncle Sam.

Well, I have written this paper pretty well over and I must bring my letter to a close. I have a few more words to say. We have moved our camp from Hagerstown to sandy Hook, near Harpers Ferry. I would like to say to you that if my wife needs anything, I wish you would see that she has it and if she don’t happen to have the money to get it with, get it for her and I will send you money as soon as we get our pay. I have had no pay for most one year now. Neither have any of the soldiers that I have seen. But I think we will get it as soon as the regiment gets together again. We are scattered all over the world. I think that I shall be at home this winter if nothing happens to me. For I have the promise of a furlough. I should have been home at election if I had not been detailed to go to this dismounted camp to draw horses and equipment to remount them again. It is very slow work before I can draw any horses. There has to be a requisition made for every company. If there ain’t but one man and a receipt given before you take the horse and one taken before he is given to these men. And besides for that all the old worn out horses that is sent back from the front. I have to give a receipt and turn them over to the quartermaster and get his receipt and it keeps me busy all of my time. We have five hundred all mounted and equipped to the front today. But I am very glad that I was detailed. For I shan’t have to go up front again this winter. There is something in that.

Well, I must close but before I do so, I must charge you to do all possible for Abe and all possible against McClellan.

P. S. Give my best respects and kindest regards to all that support our cause and my most hearty curses both night and morn, to copperheads.

Please write soon as you get this.

Tell my folks that I am well. From one of Old Abe’s boys, both night and day.

Charley

Post address:

Hagerstown, MD Dismounted Camp
14th Pennsylvania Cavalry, Company I

I will send you ten dollars in Confederate money for a keepsake.