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									                                                                        Camp Ella Bishop
                                                              Lexington Ky. Dec. 24th (1862)

Dearest Ettie (according to a written note, Charles’ grandmother was often called Ettie),

       I have a few minutes to write and will try to answer your letter. Do not get out of

patience with me for not answering sooner. I have so much to do and I am so often

interrupted that letters are accumulating on me. The boys are trenching about the tents

instead of drilling in squad drill which relieves me. The surgeon recommended it as a

precaution against colds keeping the moisture from gathering beneath the tents. He is

stirring about – the Surgeon -- _____ he may for the boys I do not know. Our victuals is

well cooked -–ground high and rolling water good. He says it is the effect of the

miserable water we have been drinking back of us, poisoning the system and when the

malignant typhoid which is amongst us gets hold of us we have to go for it. It is only

those who are somewhat weakened that it attacks. Picketing is hard for the boys.

Many of them have bad colds and lying on the damp ground is very severe. Gove

(Andrew J. U. Gove, Medina. Enlisted in company I, Eighteenth Infantry, Aug. 11, 1862,

at Medina for 3 years, ago 40. Mustered Aug. 26, 1862. Corporal. Mustered out at

Nashville, Tenn., June 26, 1865) is a corporal now and will not have to go on picket so

often. As for Charlie, he is not liable to be called on for any guard duty – has a pleasant

birth with Willie. We have good times. I have to play cards with him sometimes and

reprove him when he swears which is not very often. I get all the drives I can on him –

am looking out for a chance to send a corporal after him or Lieut. Savage (Isaac O.

Savage, Fairfield. Entered service in company I, Eighteenth Infantry, at organization, as

Second Lieutenant, for 3 years, age 29. Commissioned July 27, 1862. Mustered Aug.

26, 1862. Commissioned First Lieutenant Nov. 24, 1862. Mustered Nov. 30, 1862.



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Commissioned Quartermaster Aug. 16, 1864. Mustered out at Nashville, Tenn., June

26, 1865.) if they are not on hand at roll call. A neighbor of Augustas – one of those

prisoners taken long ago from us has returned and brought me a letter from her. She is

well as is her family. Gove is full of fun – has no ___ at all and seems to be a general

favorite. Jimmy is down to Lex. so that I do not see him so often. I hope Emma doesn’t

catch cold so much as she did last winter. I am so glad she is getting well and think as

you do about her staying with you. It is good of you to take so much pains for her

health. I owe to Nancy and _____. The former it seems don’t forget me. I will perhaps

send her a picture if we are ever paid which doesn’t seem very likely just now. Since

you wrote you have seen how the ____ case _____. It is hard to keep him from active

duty so long. You must have had a joyful time with those 17 visitors, babies and all. So

_____ is about to try Mich. Life – luck to him. We receive papers from you about two

thirds of the time and enjoy reading them when they do come. I did not get those two

rolled to-gether but I think Jimmy spoke of getting something rolled between the papers.

It is a risky operation this sending anything in papers for they often have bushels of

papers at the office in Lex. never distributed. After dinner I had for dinner a piece of

boiled beef some of the gravy it was boiled in, a small portion of soft bread – which was

good this time, butter, and coffee. A funeral procession just – the camp I am glad we

have a chaplain, last night after dress parade – the order was given – “forward on the

center form square” and when the movement was executed and we _____ a hollow

square, a very appropriate prayer was offered by Mr. Curtis (David A. Curtis, Augusta.

Entered service in Eighteenth Infantry, as Chaplain. Commissioned Nov. 20, 1862.

Mustered Dec. 16, 1862. Resigned and honorably discharged Aug. 8, 1863. Present




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residence, Petersburg, Mich.). I am sorry indeed that Mr. __ -- home is no more

pleasant. It is very sad. I cannot believe that ___ can think so much of John as to

sacrifice his happiness at home for this company. Jimmy began to talk to me on the

subject else I should have said nothing. Jimmy is very sorry that things are as they are

– blames all for it – says he plagued (?) Emma. _______________________________

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____. I don’t think half so much about having Will with me as I did in the tent with the

boys.

                                                                                   Charlie




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