Napoleanville june 12th /64
Well Father
here I be way out here six miles
from Camp in an old sawmill
I am out here on picket I come
out here one week ago yesterday [??]
have these is seven of us here
I received your letter the 8th dated may
22nd & was glad to hre from home
I tell you & was glad to hear that
you was all well. I was sorry to
hear that Mark Lisherness was
ded. I am well as can be expected
I never enjoyed myself better in the
world than I do out here we have
plenty to eat out here on picket
we have had cakes & milk sent in to
us every meal then we go out on
plantations & git pigs and hens
all of which goes verry well with
our hard bread our company
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out scouting the other
day they fetched in two prisoners
there is rebels all around us
we are liable to be atactid enny
night if they do come we will
give them all the fighting they
want I am glad you git along
so well with your spring work
you git along faster than you would
if I had been at home I think
in regard to that alotment I
was mistakened that payment did
not touch the alotment but
there is $20. there for you now
I sent you $40. by Eastern
Adams express I will send you
the recipt when I find out
you git my letters I have sent
four before this is the folks all
well has Otis got home I was
sorry to hear that he was
wounded but he was lucky in
not gitting hurt worse than
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what he did. what is the
matter with Benjamin Ball
that he was sent to the hospital
I should like to go see him
but I cant I haint am not
within 15 miles of there I dont
think of enny thing more to write
so good by give my love to Ella
& tell her to be agood girl
from your son Ezra Getshell

what is wool going at down
there, sell mine with yours take
out enough to pay you for keeping &
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june 13th it is raining most
all the time here it rained
last night verry hard
our Company was out scouting
last night they brought in two
prisoners we pickits went
out targit shooting the other
day I beat the whole of them
a shooting again this morning
we trid it only one beat
me I guess I wont
writ enny more now good
Ezra Getshell

write soon & often

June 12, 1864


Co. K, 2nd Maine Cavalry
Residence (County): 
Somerset County, ME



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Andy Myers
Transcription Date: 
November, 2013
M. Ellis
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