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Alvah Marsh Letter: February 27 & March 4, 1863

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Creator: Alvah Marsh & Benjamin F. Marsh
Subjects: Civil War, 1861-1865
Description: Alvah tells Benjamin that he is lonely and has been tasked with gathering wood. Benjamin sends a lengthy response (dated March 4th) mainly to poke fun at Alvah for writing long letters to girls and a very short letter to his own brother.
Date: February 27, 1863
Format: Image/jpg
Original Format: Document
Resource Identifier: 21 - Alvah2Frank0227_1.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: February 27 & March 4, 1863, Page: 1

Alvah Marsh Letter: February 27 & March 4, 1863
Alvah Marsh Letter: February 27 & March 4, 1863

[Alvah’s writing]
Falmouth Feb 27
Dear Brother
[letter torn] take the time
to write to you to
let you know how
I am I am well at
present and hope
you are the same
place that I used
to be I went [over?]
to your old camp
the next day after
you was gone
O how lonesome
I was but frank
you will
not expect much

[Benjamin F. Marsh’s writing appears around edges, transcribed in Scan 2 transcript]
Alvah Marsh Letter: February 27 & March 4, 1863, Page: 2

Alvah Marsh Letter: February 27 & March 4, 1863
Alvah Marsh Letter: February 27 & March 4, 1863

[Alvah’s writing]

from me this time
I got a letter from
home to day they are
all well to day
I have been drawing
wood for the regiment
But it is getting
late so I will
close for this time
write soon
From your
Brother Al Marsh

[Benjamin’s writing, underneath his own and Alvah’s]

Newport News March 4th-/63
Dear Brother I recd your
lengthy letter to day and hasten
to answer it I am glad to hear
you are well it found me the same
I hope you will do better next time.
I remain your Brother B.F.M.

[End]

[Written across top of Scan 1 and Scan 2 by Benjamin]

Look Al This now what a big letter this is to
send to any one you are a pretty
fellow to write letters do you write
such ones when you write to your Girl

[End]

[Written sideways on right side of Scan 2 by Benjamin]


if you do if I wer in her place
you might do
all the writing
for [all?]
Me

[End]

[Written by Benjamin just underneath Alvah’s writing]

I haven’t written half as
much as I want to
but I guess it will take
you a week to read this
so Good Bye

[End]

[Written diagonally across Scan 2 and Scan 1 by Benjamin]

this is a poor letter but you
must be thankfull for small
favors and do better by me
I want to tell the boys in
the Old, 7th I want some of them
to write to me. I heard from
Ed. [Bruelley?] he wrote a letter to

[End]

[Written upside down on bottom and left side of Scan 1]

mate
D C Spaulding my tent^
I
dont
know
as
you
can
read
this
better
but
you
can
[studdy?]
[on?]
[letter torn]
until
I see you
again
now write
soon and
often and
remember and write
a good long one

[End]

[Written by Benjamin sideways on left side of Scan 2 and right side of Scan 1]

this is not because
I am hard up for paper
but it is because I thought
thare was plenty of room

[End]

[Written upside down in middle of Scan 1 by Benjamin]

for as long a letter as you
wrote me

[End]

[Written by Benjamin upside down on top of Scan 1 just above Alvah’s writing]

then I will do better

[End]
Alvah Marsh Letter: February 27 & March 4, 1863, Page: 3

Alvah Marsh Letter: February 27 & March 4, 1863
Alvah Marsh Letter: February 27 & March 4, 1863

Newport News March 4th

Dear Brother I have
just recivd this short line from
you I was happy to hear you wer
well and glad to say it found
me as tough as a buck
I never enjoyed better health
I think we have come to
a very pleasant place we had
a nice time coming here
and now we have a pretty little
time drilling we only drill
26 hours in 24 so you see we
have lots of time to play ball
and write letters [etc etc etc?]
I expect every minute the bugal
will blow for us again we have
just come off from drill we
have drawed new A tents since
we came here so we have splendid
quarters now.

[Written upside down on bottom of Scan 3]

how are the [Tuscola?] Girls getting along

[End]
Alvah Marsh Letter: February 27 & March 4, 1863, Page: 4

Alvah Marsh Letter: February 27 & March 4, 1863
Alvah Marsh Letter: February 27 & March 4, 1863

[Written upside down on top of Scan 4]

[Brush?] Fenton has come back to
our co again B F. M

[End]

And as for letters I have faired
pretty well since I came here the
first night for instance I recd
six letters and two papers
and since that I have had about
three a week I have had [paper torn]
Mary Jacobson, not long [paper torn]
she wrote a very good letter
she said she had written to
you last and was waiting
very anxiously for one from
you I have not answered hers
yet I dont know how I shall
do all my writing but I guess
I will set it to work as I have to
drill all the time. Oh how I wanted
to see you before we left our old
camp but I could not come to
see you and I kept thinking
you might come over to see
me again but now the bugal

[Written sideways on right side of Scan 4]

is blowing and I must go out on dri[ll?] [paper torn] again so good bye

[End]

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