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13th Massachusetts Infantry - Killed at Thoroughfare Gap

Item LTR-8535
January 16, 1862 Daniel R. Jackson
Price: $185.00


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

Camp Jackson
Williamsport, MD

January 16, 1862

Dear Father,

As I have not sent the letter and I have a little more news to tell you, I thought I would enclose this half sheet. We expect to see the pay master here every day. Most every day we have several false alarms that the paymaster has arrived and everyone looks to see if they can see him. But he is nowhere to been seen and they take it for granted they are sold. Last night the glee club connected with our regiment, gave a concert at Hagerstown, which is 6 miles from Williamsport. Two officers and eight privates from each company were allowed to have passes to go to Hagerstown. I intended to go. But it snowed and rained all day so that the walking was so bad that I gave it up. Enclosed I send you a program. The weather today is very pleasant, much like spring. My health has been good since I left home. I feel as strong and well as ever I did. The other day Stuart’s box for the company arrived. But there was not much for our company. Most of the boxes being for Company D.

Hoping to hear from you soon.

I remain yours, etc.,

Corporal Daniel R. Jackson