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44th Missouri Infantry

Item LTR-6694
November 10, 1864 Columbus Knapp
Price: $185.00


Original Civil War soldier's letter. 2 pages written in period ink.

Headquarters, Company K
44th Regiment Missouri Volunteers
St. Louis, Missouri

November the 10th A.D. 1864

Dear Father,

I seat myself this morning to write a few lines to you to let you know how I am getting along. I can say that I am well at present and I hope these few lines will safely reach your hands and find you all well. After my respect to you, I will inform you that we started from Rolla on the evening of the seventh and rode on the cars as far as the road was repaired. And then we had to march a distance of twenty miles and we had to carry all our clothing, blankets, one days provision, our guns, cartridges, bares and our whole outfit.

When we got to Franklin, we got aboard of the cars again and went to the Depot and from there to here, we landed here yesterday the 9th.

I will inform you that I received a letter from you on the 6th day of this month and was glad to hear from you. That was the second letter I have received from you. You stated that you had not received a letter form me since I left. And I will state that this is the fourth letter that I have written to you since I left.

The officers say the paymaster will be here today to pay us. But I do not know whether it is true or not. But I am sure we would all be glad if he would come and pay us. For we are nearly all out of money. We are in Benton Barracks and it is a nice place for soldiers to stay.

We left several of our men at Rolla sick and we also buried two men there that belongs to Company K. there was considerable snow fall at Rolla on the 2nd of this month and Company K was out with a train of wagons and you may know we had an awful time. for the night before, it rained all the night and we all was already wet and cold.

If you have sold your hoss yet, I want you to send me one dollar. For a person without money does not fair very well while on the march. And I think it is doubtful about us staying here long. And I am not sure we will be paid this pay day.

Tell David Barr I send my best respects to him and that I would like to see him. Tell him to write to me if he will. Tell him I heard he was out trying the militia, another peril.

I am now ten pounds heavier than I was when I left home. I want to know how you are getting along with your corn and other things this fall.

I want you to write to me as soon as this reaches your hands. And I will write more the next time. I send my best respects to all inquiring friends.

Nothing more at present.

Samuel Knapp

Direct to Columbus Knapp
Company k, 44th Regiment Missouri Volunteers
Benton Barracks
St. Louis, Missouri