Newbern Aug 27th 186[3]

I take this
opertunity to write to you
to let you kno that I am
well and hope these
lines will find you
the same we are having
cool and wet weather here
now it looks as tho we
should have a long spell
of wet weather now I hope
not for it makes it
diseagrable standing guard
they have changed the time
of standing post from four
hours to two hours it is
general palmers doins he
finds a great deal of
falt with the twenty seventh
he says that they are
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white liverd cowards
and that they are no regment
at all and can not make
enny thing of them and that
they do not begin to do their
duty and that they had
wrather talk to niggars
than to salute an officer
and evry else that he could
lay his tounge to that [was?]
had he had better be carful
what he says or he will
get an awful pounding
some of these times when
he dont think of it the
neuse is pretty good here
now thare was a dispatch
came the other day that
forts sumter and wagner
was ours and it was
yesterday so I think that
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it is so you say that
you have had some new cider
I would like some fore we
can not get enny here that
is good we can get it in
the city but it is not good
it is manufactured cider
it is made out of vitrol [1] and
a few apples to give it a
taste it will make a man sick
to drink mutch of it send
me a bottle of tylors bitters
by Chancey if he has not
gone but I shall expect
him on the first boat
so send it by george [Webrom?]
I think that it would be
A good medicen to take in
this country I do not
think of enny thing more
to write now

Alfred Holcomb

  1. vitrol=vitriol, sulfuric acid
August 27, 1863


Co. F, 27th Massachusetts Infantry
Residence (County): 
Hampden County, MA


Name Variant: 
unknown addressee


From State: 
North Carolina
From Municipality: 

Transcription/Proofing Info

Ken Gardner
Transcription Date: 
August, 2014
M. Ellis
Proof Date: 
October, 2014

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