Correspondence between Richard S. Morgan and Celia Frary, 1862-1864
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The following, selective listing was provided by the seller: Hand drawn sketch by Richard, "Good Night", appx. 6.5" x 7", pencil, showing the courting couple out in front of Celia's home in Morris. Included with l862 letter. CDV of young woman, with caption, "A 'Copperhead' friend of mine...", included with 1864 letter by Richard (while estranged) 1862 letter, Sheperdsville, KY, surgeon David Leroy, 91st IL 1862 letter, Trenton, TN, Andrew J Haynes, IL 4th Cavalry, etc." The following excerpts have been provided by the seller: "Richard, Camp Douglas, 1862 - "After refreshing the inner man I took the State St cars to Camp Douglas...Oh Ye Gods and little fishes what a sight, 9000 ragged dirty slovenly -bevermined Secesh in abundance - and lots of Uncle Sam's boys. Butternut and blue are the cardinal colors here."; "Woke in the morning...by the booming of a big brass cannon about 20 yards from Head Quarters..."; "I finally saw Dr McVickars - he gave me a situation as Assistant Post Apothecary...$3.50 is for clothing which I will get and it is a splendid uniform crimson trimmed and a gold lace shoulder strap with a green velvet ground and Excula pius (the god of Medicine) sign thus on arm [small drawing.]; "...half an hour ago there were a lot of guerillas brought in from Colorado - the roughest toughest men this side Pandemonium I ever gazed on..." Richard, Camp Douglas, 1862 - [courtship] "...I could not begin to count how many times I have pulled off my boots, and like a 'guilty thing' sought my lonely chamber...I have paid you visits on evenings when I ought to have sent you straight off to bed...but instead have kept you up..."; "I must; will see you and Morris...or I will go and fill my pockets with 2 dollars worth of change all in coppers, jump into the lake...and become a thunderation wet, moist, damp, unpleasant mortal Body." Richard, circa Sept 27, Oct. 11, 1864, Chicago - "This has been an exciting day in Chicago - Gold has fallen and the Draft has commenced...I stand a pretty good chance of drawing a prize - and receiving my death warrant."; "I have spent nearly all the time since I saw you last in trying to escape the Draft and last night was in the 6th Ward. They have enough money to buy substitutes but can't get them for they were 100 days men at St. Louis & are sent to the front. I have to report...tomorrow..."
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