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1st Vermont Cavalry

Item LTR-5842
December 1, 1861 Sidney A. Spencer
Price: $145.00

Description

Original Civil War soldier's letter. 3 pages written in period ink.

Burlington
December 1st 1861

Dear Mother,

You know I mentioned in my last letter about one of our boys being very sick. At least I think I mentioned it. I was in such a hurry that I did not know hardly what I did write. I have been over him most of the time for a week. He died this morning at half past seven. I earnestly saw he had the measles in the first and caught cold and settled on his lungs. It proved to be the congestion of the lungs. I never saw any person in so much agony in my life. His lungs enlarged so that it was impossible for him to breath. His name is Harris from Vermont.

Monday morning, December 2nd

Captain Hall started this morning for Vernon with the corpse. The coffin was carried to the depot by hand and was escorted by the regiment. He was laid out in his uniform. They will go through Westminster on the three o’clock train today. I guess the measles are pretty much done with now. I think I shall have an easier time after this. There is none very sick now. I believe Henry and Eli and Edward are all pretty well. I have not seen them for three or four days. I should be pretty well if it was not for my head being stopped up. I have caught cold and my ear aches some today. I shall feel better when I come to get some rest. I hope I shall hear from you soon. I feel anxious to know whether you got the money or not. Tell Harry I think he will be better off to stay at home. I think we shall not get away from here this winter. I think I shall stay where I am for the present. I don’t think of anything more that will be interesting to you.

Give my best respects to al inquiring friends.

Your ever considerate and loving son,

S. A. Spencer