149th NYSV

Flag Separator
The 149th New York State Volunteer Infantry
January 31, 1864
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Stevenson Ala.

Jan. 31, 1864

Dear Parents;

........The duty we have to do here is very light. I think we are having the easiest times that we have had since we went to Sojer. The past few weeks has been very pleasant weather, sunshine all day long and nary a drop of rain.

I expect that we will catch it before long.

Our camp is on the bank of a large creek. Some of the citizens say that when the spring rains come the creek raises about 15 feet. As our shanties are about 10 feet above the creek level I suppose we will wake up some morning and have to swim for it. There are a lot of fish in the crek and I think that had I some line and a hook I might be able to catch a minney or two..If you could send me about 50 feet of line and some hooks I will send you half the fish I catch.

I am glad to hear that some of the boys around home are coming down to help us out. You don't write if any of them enlisted in our outfit or not. If you see any more of them tell them not to let the ragged old flag that Col. Barnum carried home scare them because I don't think the old Grey Backs will ever have a chance to riddle another as they did that one. I think we will see one more big battle in the spring and it will wind it all up for sure.

You write that Mrs. Deighton says she will sell two acres of hers on the hill and you think she will take $60.00 per acre. I think that is cheap enough. In fact I think you had better buy it even if you have to pay more than that for it.

Oliver

 

 
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