Shantilla May 30th 1863
Dear Father. I now sit
down to write yow a few
lines to let you know that
I have gon back to the
Battery. I have got so that
I think I can stand it
I left Alexandra yesterter
day. went down to union
mills in the carrs I then
went to the pro Martials
to find out wher the Battery
was he told me that I had
better stay all night and
take an erly start in the
morning. so I took up my
Quarters in a barn for that
night. thay gave me bred
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and coffy so that I made
a good supper and breakfast
on the morning I went to
the prov Martials and got
a pass to pass me to
the Battery. he said that
it was five miles to
Shantilla but he dident
say right it was all of
ten miles. I started with
my bundle for center vill
after I got there it was
five miles further. to my
destanation I got a ride
with a suttler one mile
and then I found three
of our boys thay took
my baggage and that
helped me some I took
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the road then feeling quite
relieved I went throu
Shantilla battle ground
and saw one man sitting
up against a trea ded.
I dont know whether he
is a reb or a union man
but he sitts there yet. I
went a little further and
found a mans leg. pulled
out of a hole and throwed
down there was lots of
bones and other things
all over the field
I got here after a while
and found all the boys
well but I was some
tired the captain told
the sargent not to
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put me on deuty for
some time it is a
verry pretty plase out
here and right side
of the turn pike
there is two regt of
infantry stacioned
I dont think of much
more to write at presant
direct as you used
to write soon
Yours in haste
John P Campbell

May 30, 1863


Battery H, 1st Rhode Island Light Artillery
private; first sergeant
Residence (County): 
Norfolk County, MA


Name Variant: 
“Dear father”
Residence (County): 
Norfolk County, MA


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Transcription/Proofing Info

Madison McFarland
Transcription Date: 
November, 2013
M. Ellis
Proof Date: 
December, 2013

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