1863 Letter - 3rd Massachusetts - General Foster's Goldsboro Expedition - New Bern

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1863 Letter - 3rd Massachusetts - General Foster's Goldsboro Expedition - New Bern

209.99

Item No. SQ6036947

Offered here is an interesting Civil War soldier letter and cover written by Private Samuel Jones of the 3rd Massachusetts Regiment (nine months). Written with a certain flair from his camp near New Bern, North Carolina, Jones described how General John G. Foster had marched his army away on the Goldsboro Expedition, while Jones’s regiment remained near Fort Totten. He also described his and his comrades’ large tent. Jones would die of disease in a New Bern army hospital in May 1863. The letter reads, in part:

Camp Jourdan, Newbern, N.C. Feb. 6th / 63

Friend Thomas and Abbie,
I have been a good while getting ready to write to you owing to my being very busy or very lazy or perhaps a little of both. I received your letter some time ago, I have forgotten when, and was very glad to hear from you…. It has been Raining 24 hours and it bids fair to rain as many more. When it gets to raining here it is hard work for it to stop. The mud is about a foot deep. It is about the worst going I ever did see. We have had very pleasant weather most of the time. The Robins and blue birds are as lively as they are at home in summer. War business is very dull here at this time. There is not anything to do but to drill some and do guard duty. General Foster has gone off on another Expedition. The number of troops he has with him or where he has gone is more than we can tell. I should liked to have gone with them. They went in transports. They took eight weeks rations with them. I don’t ever want to walk 175 miles again for the sake of seeing a few Rebels shot down. Our Brigade did not have to go with the Expedition. We are going to stay here to do guard duty. We have left our old Camp Ground and gone over near Fort Totten. It is about 14 Miles from Camp Richardson and I have had the Tooth Ache all day and I am as cross as the very Devil. And my Head aches so that I cannot see anything more than half of the time…. Our boys begin to think some about getting home. I suppose our time is half gone. I am in hopes to get home some time in June. If Uncle Sam wants any more men this spring I suppose you City boys will give him a lift. If you do enlist you had better come out here and take a few lessons of me before I go off…. We have plenty to eat and it is good enough for anybody. We have seventeen men in our tent. We have raised our tent up about four feet. We bought some boards about 5 feet long. We drove them around the tent and then we put the tent on top of them. It makes a very good house for us to live in. Seth Conant, William S. Alden, Joe Hastor, [illegible] James W. Benton are in with me. My head feels so bad I cannot think of much more to write so I must bid you good by. Give my best respects to the Neighbors and write as soon as you get time.

From your uncle Sam Jones

The letter was written on four pages of a 5 1/4” x 8” stationery sheet. The writing is legible, if a little on the light side. The paper is in very good condition. There is only light wear to edges and corners. Creases where originally folded with some shallow separation at some folds. Original cover included, though its stamp has been removed.

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