Design a site like this with WordPress.com
Get started

12 May 1861

Camp Wilkins [near Pittsburg, Pennsylvania]
12th [May 1861]

Respected Sister,

I again write that you may know how I am getting along. I am well and have been since we came here. J___ wrote his father last week but have not got an answer yet. There is over five thousand men here now and there is only 2 or three sick men in this camp but in Camp Taylor 2 miles up the river there is a good many sick with the camp fever. I have been to church today. Our company all went and then we had preaching in camp this afternoon. We have a good time Sundays. We get a pass to go out in the morning and stay till noon. The whole town is let in on the ground. We have a trade and you had ought to see the good looking girls that come to see the soldiers.

Yesterday as we was out drilling, the ladies of Pittsburg and Allegany City came and brought it victuals and set our tables. It was the nicest table I ever saw and there was enough left for breakfast and we lived past. They brought in 5 cartloads.

I must close for the drum is beating for roll calling and I must be out. Excuse bad writing for I am sitting on the ground writing on a board. Give my love to all who enquire after me. My love to Mary Jane Beno.

Write soon.

Direct to Pittsburg in care of D. W. Hutchinson, Co. G, [the Erie Regiment]

%d bloggers like this: