Fair Oaks June 26
Dear Mother
i recieved you [sarah?]
letter to day and it
gave me much pleasure
in hearing from you
that you was well as
this leaves me at present
We had a slight Battle
and gained a mile
on the rebels it opened
at about 7 ½ in the morning and lasted
untill about 12 oclock at
night and our loss was
not very heavy but the
rebels was quite large
they could not raly there
men and they would come
up in force and schedadle
they found we were to
heavy for them it was
awfull but it was done
up the handle and we
gained the day and
Mose Short was killed
he was in the 19 Reg
[page 2]
they are having a great
Battle up on the right of
us they have been firing
about all the day and
there is some heaving
Candaning a going on
the money you spoke
of i have allotted home
an that of [Ma???] pays
please tell sarrah to
keep that gold dollar
and i have got George
picture and was glad
to recieve it the
weather is very hot
here days and very
cold nights and tell
George not to come out
here for he had better
stay were he is we
dont get much time
to write here for
we have to keep
an [oppen?] for the
[page 3]
rebels you must excuse
this short letter and
i will write you a
longer one next time
give my love
to George Sarrah
Charley and all
inquiring friends
Dave and Bill is well
and sends there love
to all the folks
so no more at
present so good by
at present dont worry
about me I am your Son
Jere Downs
write soon Direct
to Co D 11th Mass
Reg Washington D C
Co D 11th Reg
i have alloted 8 dollars
amonth home to Jane
and she draws regular

June 26, 1862


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



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Transcription/Proofing Info

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

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