1865 Letter by Private Marcus O. Thompson, Battery G, 5th US Artillery - "Let us have war until one side or the other comes to an unconditional surrender. Let it be all north or all south"

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1865 Letter by Private Marcus O. Thompson, Battery G, 5th US Artillery - "Let us have war until one side or the other comes to an unconditional surrender. Let it be all north or all south"

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A nice 1864 letter written by Private Marcus O. Thompson of Battery G, 5th U.S. Artillery. Writing from Fort Hamilton in New York, Thompson described his battery’s sea voyage from New Orleans to Fort Monroe. Upon his arrival in Virginia, however, Thompson was assigned as an orderly to General Richard Arnold, who was artillery chief during operations against Mobile in the summer of 1864, and “had a nice little campaign of about two weeks. Took Forts Morgan, Powell, & Gaines and returned to New Orleans without losing a man out of the battery.” They were then ordered to New York, but “worked mortars during the siege of Fort Morgan and we are going to stop here until we get the battery full again.” Thompson remarked about the improvements made to Fort Hamilton in his absence (the battery was stationed there earlier in the war) before closing his letter with his thoughts on the upcoming presidential election:

It is my opinion that this cruel war will not hold out long. Atlanta has fallen and I think that Petersburg or Richmond will follow soon. Who do you think will be our next president? I would like to have power to appoint my man and that is Old Abe. I say let him finish this war. He can do it and he will do it if he is let alone. If Little Mac goes in for President and gets elected there will be a compromise as sure as guns and if Abe is elected he will keep this war going until every rebel is subdued and crushed or he will spill every drop of blood in the North. Therefore he is my man. I say now we have commenced war. Let us have war until one side or the other comes to an unconditional surrender. Let it be all north or all south.

The letter was written on four pages of lined paper measuring about 5” x 7 3/4”. It is in excellent condition with minor foxing and toning. Creased where originally folded. Includes original cover.

The full transcript of the letter follows:

Fort Hamilton Sept 20 / 64

Dear Father at home
It is with much pleasure that I sit down this morning after so long a time to let you know that I am alive and well and hope that these few lines will find you the same. I presume you will be a little surprised to hear that I am in Fort Hamilton again. We started from New Orleans the sixth of the month and arrived here last evening. We had rather a long voyage. Some rough weather. Went to Fortress Monroe & Washington. My health is excellent. I received your last letter in Carrollton Va. The next morning I received orders to report to Gen. [Richard] Arnold and we proceeded to Mobile bay and I acted as orderly for the Gen. We had a nice little campaign of about two weeks. Took Forts Morgan, Powell, & Gaines and returned to New Orleans without losing a man out of the battery. The casualties on our side were very small and at New Orleans we received orders to report to head quarters at Fort Hamilton. We turned in our battery and horses at New Orleans before we went to Mobile bay. We worked mortars during the siege of Fort Morgan and we are going to stop here [New York] until we get the battery full again. I think I shall stay the remainder of my time here. I am as tough as a k— not as black as the ace of spades. Will try and send you a photograph soon. It seems almost like getting home to get among the good old Northern hills again. The people here think the weather very warm here now, but I find it uncomfortably cold for we have caught a severe cold already. They have made some alterations since we left here. The Fort does not look like the same place. They have some 15 inch guns mounted in front of the fort. We are here just in time for fruit of all kinds. How do the people feel about the war up there now? It is my opinion that this cruel war will not hold out long. Atlanta has fallen and I think that Petersburg or Richmond will follow soon. Who do you think will be our next president? I would like to have power to appoint my man and that is Old Abe. I say let him finish this war. He can do it and he will do it if he is let alone. If Little Mac goes in for President and gets elected there will be a compromise as sure as guns and if Abe is elected he will keep this war going until every rebel is subdued and crushed or he will spill every drop of blood in the North. Therefore he is my man. I say now we have commenced war. Let us have war until one side or the other comes to an unconditional surrender. Let it be all north or all south. A compromise would be a disgrace to the north We would be the laughing stock of the world I will put down my name for another three years to help prevent that. Give my respect to all my friends in Farnham [Quebec]. Tell Heather that I would like to hear from her if convenient. I will now bring my letter to a close. Write as soon as possible. Yours in haste
M. O. Thompson

PS
Direct M. O. Thompson
Battery G 5 U.S. Artillery
Fort Hamilton
New York Harbor

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