Alvah Marsh Letter: December 18, 1863


Creator: Alvah Marsh
Subjects: Civil War, 1861-1865, Michigan Infantry -- 7th, Economic aspects -- Pay, Health aspects -- Well-being, Military life -- Enlistment, Military life -- Leaves and furloughs
Description: Alvah tells his mother that his ankle is doing better so he was cleared to take a thirty-day furlough. However, he will only accept it if he is paid for the four months of work he is owed. Alvah also notes that other soldiers are reenlisting but he vows to leave the army when his term is up, so that he may return home to take care of her.
Date: December 18, 1863
Format: Image/jpg
Original Format: Document
Resource Identifier: (10)A Marsh 12-18-1863_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: December 18 1863, Page: 1

Alvah Marsh Letter: December 18 1863
Alvah Marsh Letter: December 18 1863

Fairfax Seminary Hospital
Dec 18th 1863

Dear Mother I take my pen
in hand to inform you of the
present state of my health
it is good at present perhaps you
have got the letter that I wrote
you from here telling you
of the slight wound I got on
the 25 of last month it is
doing fine at this time so that
the doctor says that I can get
a furlough for thirty days
so if I can get some pay I shall
come home to stay some time
with you I could come home
withou any money but I
don’t want to for I want to
get you some things for your
comfort if I could get the
4 months pay that is due to me
Alvah Marsh Letter: December 18 1863, Page: 2

Alvah Marsh Letter: December 18 1863
Alvah Marsh Letter: December 18 1863

It would help you some
I got a letter from you this
morning from the regt dated
the 29th of last month and
one from Mary I was glad to
hear from you so I thought
I would tell you that you
need not send those shirts
for I have got plenty now I have
got 4 or five so you see I don’t
need them at present tho most
of my Company have enlisted
again but they don’t get me
I tell you for I aught to
be at home to take care of
you need not fear for
that I am as anxious to get
home as you are to have me I
can tell you that [illegible] as ther
is so much [illegible] on I cant
write very well with this poor
pen so I will send you some
Alvah Marsh Letter: December 18 1863, Page: 3

Alvah Marsh Letter: December 18 1863
Alvah Marsh Letter: December 18 1863

That I wrote the other
day as paper is cheap it
will save me writing some
thing over again perhaps you
will think it a strange
letters from me but I am to lazy
to write anymore at present
this from your son
A H Marsh

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Fairfax Seminary Hospital

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