Alvah Marsh Letter: March 6, 1863


Creator: Alvah Marsh
Subjects: Civil War, 1861-1865, Michigan Infantry -- 7th, Military life -- Morale, Economic aspects -- Postal, Social aspects -- Diet and food, Health aspects -- Illness, Health aspects -- Injury
Description: Alvah writes that he sprained his foot but he is more concerned about his mother's health. He complains that he is limited to a diet of hard tack and bacon and he is bored with military life.
Date: March 6, 1863
Format: Image/jpg
Original Format: Document
Resource Identifier: (5)A Marsh 03-04-1863_001.jpg
Collection Number: c00110 – Papers of Alvah Marsh
Language: English
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Relation: c00110 – Papers of Alvah Marsh
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Alvah Marsh Letter: March 6, 1863, Page: 1

Alvah Marsh Letter: March 6, 1863
Alvah Marsh Letter: March 6, 1863

Falmouth March 6th 1863

Dear Mother
I take my pen in hand
to inform you of my health
I am well at present and
hope you are well at present
and hoping you are the same
I received yours of the the
first of the month or the
21st and was glad to
hear from you but I am
sorry to hear from you that
it is so hard time with
you but if I get my extra
pay soon I will send
you 40 dollars forty dollars
so you will have some
money to help yourself with
I am sorry that I have
Alvah Marsh Letter: March 6, 1863, Page: 2

Alvah Marsh Letter: March 6, 1863
Alvah Marsh Letter: March 6, 1863

Warm here yet today our regt
has gone out on purpose for a
fight yet I do not they will
find any to fight for they are all nearly
[illegible] out O this pen is so poor
and the ink is so thick that
I can hardly write yet if you
only will write as good to me
I will be satisfied with it and
if you cant read this lay it
by until I come home
I guess it will not be long
at any rate it is so though
by us if you was here I guess
you would want to get
home againe we live on hard
bread and bacon it is
hard fare for me and all of
the rest mother if you know
of any news do write to me
for it is so dull for me
to stay here in the army
Alvah Marsh Letter: March 6, 1863, Page: 3

Alvah Marsh Letter: March 6, 1863
Alvah Marsh Letter: March 6, 1863

but I hope you will enjoy
good health so that I can
see you oncemore on earth
but our days ar passing away
fast as the sands of the
ocrean drift to and fro
withe the ibbing tide
but my hopes are [strond?]
that we shall [soon?] see
each other soon after
the time is passed for
me to come home
Mother you said that
you wanted me to write
if I did not write but a
few words to you so you
must excuse me for this
time I remain your own
son afectanate son

A H Marsh
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