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Alvah Marsh Letter: February 24, 1864

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Creator: Alvah Marsh
Subjects: Casualties -- Wounded, Civil War, 1861-1865, Health aspects -- Injury, Medical care, Michigan Infantry -- 7th, Social aspects -- Sexuality, Women -- Social life and customs, Women--Social conditions.
Description: Alvah's doctor told him that the bullet wound to his ankle will likely cause it to be stiff for the rest of his life. Alvah then writes to his sister Sarah and tells her that he is glad a man named Green has broken off contact with her, for he would only sully her reputation. Apparently, Sarah had earlier justified her relation with Green by saying he acted similarly to her brothers.
Date: February 24, 1864
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Original Format: Document
Resource Identifier: (14)A Marsh 02-24-1864_001.jpg
Collection Number: c00110 – Papers of Alvah Marsh
Language: English
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Relation: c00110 – Papers of Alvah Marsh
Contributor: MSU Archives and Historical Collections
Alvah Marsh Letter: February 24 1864, Page: 1

Alvah Marsh Letter: February 24 1864
Alvah Marsh Letter: February 24 1864

Fairfax Seminary Hospital
Feb 24th 1864
Dear Mother, Brother, and Sister
I take my pen to inform you
of my health and to answer your
kind note of the 13th of
the present month as far
my foot is about the same
as when I left home I am not
to as to walk on my heal at
any time since I left home
the Doctor thinks that my
ancle will always be stiff
yet I guess not I expect they
will keep me here for some
time yet I don’t mind staying
away from the rebs for
they might hit me again
as for my enlisting you need
not fear for I don’t think
enough of being a soldier
Alvah Marsh Letter: February 24 1864, Page: 2

Alvah Marsh Letter: February 24 1864
Alvah Marsh Letter: February 24 1864

For to enlist again I think
that I aught to stay at home
and take care of those thare
that depend on their sons
and brothers for the nesesaries
of life I have not had any desire
to enlist again
Mother as soon as I get some
pay I shall send it to you
but as my descriptive list
is not here I cant get any until
I have been mustered again
then I can get 2 months pay from
the Hospital Pay Masters then I will
send home twenty-dollars for
the money that I got at home
Frank I think you must have hard
times if you take care of all of the
Girls at home I had a hard time
before you came home yet I don’t
think that you have quite as many
as I did for Mary was one of the
worst to fight I had to get along
Alvah Marsh Letter: February 24 1864, Page: 3

Alvah Marsh Letter: February 24 1864
Alvah Marsh Letter: February 24 1864

With I wrote some since I
came home or I call it home
I have not got any from but
two the next time I write to all
of the town I will get some
reply from some of them I think
Frank you must take good care
of Alice for me will you as for the
rest I don’t care for they are big
enough to take care of themselves
sister I am glad that the man
you spoken of has forsaken
your company for good reason
that I have of my own now
taken up with good company
for the sake of your own reputation
I suppose you will think that
you know more of Green
than I do perhaps you do and
perhaps I know some things
that you don’t so take my
advice for once perhaps you
say that you choose as good
Alvah Marsh Letter: February 24 1864, Page: 4

Alvah Marsh Letter: February 24 1864
Alvah Marsh Letter: February 24 1864

Company as your Brothers
but that may be I know
that I have not always
done right and am sorry
for it I tell you for your
own good talk to no one
of a poor name in society
or else where for me
tell
Mr Terry and wife that I
send my best respects to
them and love to all of
the folks in your
acqantince
Frank if you can get me a few stamps
I wish you to send me one as tow
at least for I cant get any here
from the Po write soon
Mother write as soon as you
can this from your son
and from Brother to Brother
And sister give my love
to all enquiring friends
so good day
yours truly
A H Marsh
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