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Correspondence between Richard S. Morgan  and Celia Frary, 1864-1867

 File — Box: 1, Folder: 2
Identifier: id70987

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The following excerpts have been provided by the seller: Richard, Mar. 18, 1865 - "I am now Post Apothecary at Camp Butler...I am teaching some colored soldiers to read - how are you abolitionist?; next Sunday if I have time I am going to preach to them in their barracks." Richard, March 20, 1865 [last letter, Camp Butler, Apothecary, enlisted in 91st IL] "My regt is in New Orleans. I look well in uniform. I am altering my privates coat into officer putting staff buttons on it; tearing of[f] the cord and putting a stripe on my pants. I have two contrabands to wait on me. They clean my boots etc...I do nothing but fill ward prescriptions; examine the sick. I have touched more small pox; measles today than you can shake a stick at...I have charge of all the Porter Ale Wine; Whiskey medicine; keep the key in my pocket. What a jolly temptation is it not?"; "Geo Hand had his brother here. He has just gone home with him a corpse. I am used to this however." Celia, April 3, 9, 1865 - "RICHMOND is Taken! Taken at last almost beyond doubt! So Father Abraham days paper says Grant has been fighting for three days and has taken twelve thousand prisoners and fifty pieces of artillery. I am so rejoiced I can scarcely write."; "This present battle will fill the hospitals again. Our brave soldiers may God bless them in this world and the next."; "Dear Richard if you will be a good boy and can show me that you do not drink at all I will try and make you a visit sometime this summer..."


  • 1864-1867

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