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154th New York Infantry - NEW

Item LTR-8703
March 21, 1864 Milton H. Bush
Price: $175.00


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


Mar 21st 1864

Dear Friends at Home,

Having a few moments of spare time, I thought I would write you a line. We arrived at Nashville yesterday morning about 7 o’clock. We went with the colonel to the provost Marshal’s office to get our passes to Chattanooga. We got one for me without any trouble but could not get one for Mr. Hogaboom. The marshal told him he would have to telegraph to Chattanooga and get a pass from there. He did so and has just received it. We took our passes and went to the man that had charge of the transportation and both got transportation furnished us. There is but one train from here to Chattanooga per day and that starts between 4 and 5 p.m. We shall start in that train the afternoon and take another night ride. We have been on the cars three nights already, so we have got used to it. We were in the cars Friday night that were crowded. A great many soldiers onboard and Saturday night it was full of soldiers and we had to ride in the baggage car. There were regiments in it but not very easy ones. I was quite tired when I got here but feel better now. We slept 3 or 4 hours yesterday, went to bed early last night and got up late this morning. I think we have made up some lost time. We have succeeded very well so far. I think it happened very lucky for us that we found the colonel as we did

It is very cold weather here for this country. So cold I have wanted my overcoat all of the time. The grass has started and the roads are very dusty between here and Louisville. It is growing warmer today and will probably be warm enough before we go home. I think you can not complain that I do not write often enough. I have no more time to write, so I will close.

Yours in friendship,

Milton H. Bush

Lookout Valley near Chattanooga

March 23rd 1864

I did not send this letter when I was at Nashville. So I will finish it now. We arrived at camp about one o’clock yesterday. We found all of the boys well and enjoying themselves first rate. They have a very pleasant camp here I think.

It commenced snowing while we were in the cars from Nashville night before last and I never saw it snow faster. When we got to camp the snow was a foot deep without stretching the story at all. It looked rather strange for this country. They said it was more snow than they had seen before this winter. It is warm and pleasant this morning and the snow will soon be gone. I stayed last night with George and Stiles.

They have a very snug little tent and appear to be getting along well. Stiles has got almost as well as he was before he was wounded. They were pleased with the things I brought them. Edward Seager is well. Leander is at work at his track. He is growing fleshy. He is considerably heavier than when he left home. Henry C. is a teamster. Harland Day is with the ambulance train. Leander, Henry and Harland are not in the same camp with the other boys being in different business. They are about half a mile away. I have not been where they are yet but they were over here last night. I have not seen Mr. VanDernman yet. He is in the hospital camp a short distance from here. We have not been here long enough to tell what will be done but hope for the best. My sheet is full and I will close.

From your son and brother,

Milton H. Bush