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11th Missouri Infantry

Item LTR-6523
June 26, 1863 Cyrus D. Kendall
Price: $185.00


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

Camp at Young’s Point, Louisiana
June 26th 1863

Mrs. Rovilla Kendall

Dear Dear Villa,

Why is it that I do not get a letter from you? It seems so long since I received one. It makes me feel so lonesome and bad to have a mail come and no letters for me. The last letter I received from you was dated the 5th of this month. I have written six or eight since I received it. Dear Pet, I am so anxious to hear from you. Captain Green has received five letters from Mrs. Green since I received one. I think it very curious that I do not get your letters. Someone must take them from the office. If they are taken out and the one that take them could only know how much pleasure they deprive me of, they would not take anymore. We received quite a large mail this evening. Captain Green received two letters from Mrs. Green. I almost envied him his pleasure. I have not news to write this evening Pet, for I wrote you a great long letter day before yesterday. And I sent my picture the same day. As soon as you can I wish you would have yours taken and send to me. It has been rumored here today that Port Hudson is captured with eight thousand prisoners. It is very probable for it needs confirmation. We blew up several of the rebel forts today. I have not the least doubt of Vicksburg being in our possession in a very few days. We will get not far from 25,000 prisoners with it. I do not think the war will last long after the capture of Vicksburg. I hope and pray that it may end soon. For I am nearly dying to see you dear Villa. Daniel Divetle has been quite sick for several days. He received two letters from home tonight. D. Fish is quite sick also. He is thinking of resigning on account of his health.

The health of the regiment is not very good though I keep well. Captain Stewart is well also. Lee Engledow has been sick but is getting well again. The weather is very warm. Today has been the warmest day we have had this summer. I am going over the river tomorrow for the purpose of seeing the paymaster about paying our regiment. I expect to return tomorrow as I am willing. I have on occasion been shot from the mortar boats. They are about 4 miles below this place. You may expect to hear before many days of the capture of Vicksburg. I have no more news to write but I will write again soon. I will try and write three times each week at least. I wish I could get one letter a week dear Pet from you. I will hope to receive one very soon. Please write a great long letter. Tell me about everything and everybody.

My love to all. Good bye.

Your true and faithful husband,

C. D. Kendall