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Alvah Marsh Letter: April 28, 1863

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Creator: Alvah Marsh
Subjects: Civil War, 1861-1865, Michigan Infantry -- 7th, Economic aspects -- Postal, Economic aspects -- Pay, Religious aspects -- Christianity, Military life -- Camp
Description: Alvah says he works as both a teamster and a wood gatherer. He notes that he finally received his pay and will send his mother only five dollars, just in case someone wants to steal the money. If she receives it, he will send more. Alvah says there is a lot of sin in camp life so he wants to devote himself to Christianity once he returns home.
Date: April 28, 1863
Format: Image/jpg
Original Format: Document
Resource Identifier: (8)A Marsh 04-28-1863_001.jpg
Collection Number: c00110 – Papers of Alvah Marsh
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: c00110 – Papers of Alvah Marsh
Contributor: MSU Archives and Historical Collections
Alvah Marsh Letter: April 28 1863, Page: 1

Alvah Marsh Letter: April 28 1863
Alvah Marsh Letter: April 28 1863

Thursday
Falmouth Apr 28 1863

Dear Mother
I take my pen in
hand to inform you
of my health it is good
and I hope you are the
same I got a letter from
Frank last night
he is well at the date he
wrote but I will
send his letters so you
can see how he writes
I will tell you what
I am doing I am driving
team team for the
regiment one day
I draw wood the next
day I go to the depot
so you see I have
Alvah Marsh Letter: April 28 1863, Page: 2

Alvah Marsh Letter: April 28 1863
Alvah Marsh Letter: April 28 1863

Plenty to do I can
play some of the time
but I am
satisfied if I only can
stay on extra duty
so the rebs
cant hit me

Mother I got
my pay and sined the
check for I have been
so long without pay
that I got in debt
but I will send you
some I will you
five this pay day
and if you get it
you can have
more I want
you use it for
your own use
Alvah Marsh Letter: April 28 1863, Page: 3

Alvah Marsh Letter: April 28 1863
Alvah Marsh Letter: April 28 1863

I will tell you how I
feel in regard to my
Spiritual welfare I am
in the worst place for
the people of god that
you ever could think of
for the first fathers
ther are are so many
to toss a man around
as for me I fell as if I
should live the life of
a true Christian for
to be prepared to meet
my god but if I live
to return home
I will reform my life
and try to live
the life of a true
christian I ask
your prayers to keep
me from the many
Alvah Marsh Letter: April 28 1863, Page: 4

Alvah Marsh Letter: April 28 1863
Alvah Marsh Letter: April 28 1863

sins of the camp
life I but I cant
think of anything to
more to write
at present
but I hope
you will write
to me soon
this from your
son
Alwah H
Marsh
of Co E 7th
Mich

[upside down]
If you see any
of my friends
tell them
I am all right
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