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Friday, January 25, 2013

January 25, 1863. Mud and Measels

"Camp near wolf run Va. Jan 25th '63

"... I stayed at our former camp until yesterday morning at half past ten oclock, when I started for this place behind a baggage wagon. the distance is ten miles, and we arrived here at six oclock, and the mud was so deep that the axel tres draged on the ground a part of the way, and the rest of the way it was not much better. 

"We left at that place twenty men. fifteen Sick with the measels, four as nurses, and one to cook for them. I left them all a doing well except Farwell. he was taken that morning and I have not heard from him, not yet. Wilber was taken with the measels day before yesterday. The measels have come out well and he is not very sick. think that he will have them light ...

"Well Father the apearances are now that we shall get some pay in the course of the week, but you know that all signs fail in dry times, as well as in war times. but I think that we shall get payed up to the first of November in the course of two or three days." ~ 
Jabez H. Hammond, West Windsor, age 20, Sgt. Co. A, 12th Regt, Letter No. 22

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