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Alvah Marsh Letter: February 22, 1863

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Creator: Alvah Marsh
Subjects: Civil War, 1861-1865, Michigan Infantry -- 7th, Health aspects -- Well-being, Environmental aspects -- Weather
Description: Alvah notes that there is a lot of snow on the ground but it is melting so the campground is extremely muddy. Currently, Alvah is driving "pit mules" for the regiment and is in good health.
Date: February 22, 1863
Format: Image/jpg
Original Format: Document
Resource Identifier: 5 Alvah2Mother18630222_1.jpg
Collection Number: Alvah Marsh Papers – c.00110
Language: English
Rights Management: Educational use only, no other permissions given. Copyright to this resource is held by Michigan State University and is provided here for educational purposes only. It may not be reproduced or distributed in any format without written permission of the University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.
Contributing Institution: Michigan State University Archives & Historical Collections
Relation: Alvah Marsh Papers – c.00110
Contributor: MSU Archives and Historical Collections
Alvah Marsh Letter: February 22, 1863, Page: 1

Alvah Marsh Letter: February 22, 1863
Alvah Marsh Letter: February 22, 1863

Falmouth Feb 22nd 1863

Dear Mother

I take my pen in
hand to inform you of my
health I am in good
health at present hoping
you are the same to day
it has stormed all day
the snow lies deep on
the ground it is rather
lonesome to day for me
I am thinking of you
all day it is to day
that half of my time is
out do you think you can
stand it to live until I
come home to day it is
Eighteen Months of my time
Alvah Marsh Letter: February 22, 1863, Page: 2

Alvah Marsh Letter: February 22, 1863
Alvah Marsh Letter: February 22, 1863

has past and gone. I hope
have not to serve as
much long for it seem
a long time to me if not
to you you said you wanted
to know if I had got my
boots yes I am wearing my boots
every day they are pretty tight
yet I [can?] wear them
The weather is such
that I am not out to work
to day

Well Mother this is the
is 4th day since I comenced
this letter but you [say?] want
to hear from me as
I thought I would finish
it for you Friday I have
been to the [depot?] for
some thing to eat for
the regiment the mud
Benjamin F. Marsh Letter: February 22, 1863, Page: 3

Benjamin F. Marsh Letter: February 22, 1863
Benjamin F. Marsh Letter: February 22, 1863

Is so deep that I could
hardly see my [musles?]
I got in the mud so
deep that I could hardly
get out if you was here
you would laugh at me
sometimes to see me
come in there has been
a heavy fall of snow
and it is thawing every
day so it is very wet
for us to get around
I am driving pit mules
for the regiment
I am in first rate good
health I weigh one
hundred and sixty five
heavy and I the most
that I ever weighed
only think of you you are
my only thoughts
if you are only well
Benjamin F. Marsh Letter: February 22, 1863, Page: 4

Benjamin F. Marsh Letter: February 22, 1863
Benjamin F. Marsh Letter: February 22, 1863

Then I am well if
are well
you only want me
if you want to
buy anything use my
money if you
pleas will you mother
if you want for any
thing tell me for
I am anious for you
welfare [bu?]but I must
bid you good night
for this time
Good bye
Mother
from Alvah
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