Potomac Creek Va” June 2 63
Dear Sister yours
of the 25th came to hand
in due time and it is
the only leter I have received
from you Since you wrote
at home at the time of the
great freshet I am now
hostler I owe my present
position (so the Lieu Conl tells
me) to J Y Anderson who
recommended me to him
as a great horse man
Now I told him that all
I knew about a horse
I had shod them but
never had but very
litle expearience in taking
care or handling horses
but what was my word
when Anderson had said I
was the man
[page 2]
of cours all I had sayed
was all owing to my modesty
but I went at it the
horses looked bad for
their hair had not [started?]
and had had but litle
care now one of the horses
that was baught for $25
would now fetch $75
of cours Andersons word
is taken in preference to
mine and I am voted
a good hor[s]e man, s[o] much
for buck I got a
litle crawfish or what
I call a fresh water lobster
he was not more than an
inch long I intended to
send him to sam but
I lost him to day
wile I was writeing in
[page 3]
leaps a sarpent that
looks like a lizard but
can leap a rod quicker
than lightning what the
name of it is I do not
know perfictly harmles
but I killed him because
he looked sausy
I also sent saml a
peace of that petryfied
wood it was to be left
at Lowells & Genters but
I guess he neve will get
it I also sent Lois a
pease by Lieu Witney
I am now doing something
at the ring buisnes
a man in one of the Ny york
regn just gave m[e] $3 for
four his rejiment time
is out to morrow
and So our army is dwindleing
[page 4]
I have come to the conclution
to stop here about 2 years
and 2 months longer
I know the pay is small
but it is a stidy job
and that is a good dea[s?]
to think of and then
behave as bad as you
will you will not
be turned of[f]
I have no news to
write I thaught
that green back was
lost as there was
considerable of a rumpus
here after I wrote and
Wm wrote that they
had got that $10 and
left of and of
course I did not
know wich one he meant
and I had sent one before M.P.L.
[1] Write often [2]

  1. Written in right margin
  2. Some letters cut off of copy on right side
June 2, 1863


Co. H, 17th Maine Infantry
Residence (County): 
Cumberland County, ME


Residence (County): 
Cumberland County, ME


From State: 
From Note: 
Potomac Creek


To State: 
To County: 

Transcription/Proofing Info

Kelly Baker
Transcription Date: 
April, 2015
M. Ellis
Proof Date: 
May, 2016

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