[1] Fair Oaks
June 14/62
Dear Sister
I got your
letter today
and it gave
me much
pleasure in hearing
from you that you
was well as this
leaves me at present
i have not got any
news now only that
we are a building
fortifications and
are ready for them
when they are [???]
we have a picket
shot now and then
it is ruff to do
picket but i dont
[page 2]
have any to do
for i am Cooking
now Gen McClellan
and Burnside
went through our
camp yesterday
and i guess they
will make the
attack tuesday
i hope so to
for we want
to get out of
this as soon as
we can so i
can go fishing
it is hot
enough to roast
the Devil here
now but it
will rain soon
i expect for
we never have
[page 3]
have more than
one fair day at a
time tell me how
Jane and Mother
likes and little
Nellie i saw Ned
Meessay to day
he is well and
and likes well
we got payed off
to day and you
will get your
in a day or twos
time before you
go home tell me
so i can write
i have put a
gold dollar in
this for Nellie
put it on her
neck keep it
untill i come
[page 4]
tell Mother not
to wory for i
will look out
for my Carcass
kiss Nellie for
me for i will
home a little
while give
my love to George
and tell him
not to come
out be a home
guard i got
all the papers
and we got
the minatures
Dave and
Bill sends
there love to all
the folks and
mine to [???]
write soon
as you get this
From your
Brother Jer Downs

  1. Patriotic illustration of General McClellan at top left of page
June 14, 1862


Co. D, 11th Massachusetts Infantry
Residence (County): 
Essex County, MA


Name Variant: 
“Dear Sister”


From State: 
From Municipality: 

Transcription/Proofing Info

Elizabeth Stoyeff
Transcription Date: 
February, 2015
M. Ellis
Proof Date: 
March, 2015

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