Camp Barry Dec 25rd /63
Dear Mother. I recieved
your kind letter this day dated
Dec 20th. was glad to here from
home and from you I am well
and trying to buisy my self
to the best advantage
we have just been out on a
revew by General Barry
our battery is considered the
best in camp out of thirteen
it is pretty cold wether out
here now altho we have had
no snow yet it frose all
day yester day
I think the nights is colder
out here then at home
but we shall soon be in
good quarters where the cold
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wheather and rain well not
afect us as much as it does
now I have pased one pretty
hard winter out here and
I must try this one it will
probablay bee the last
there is nothing like a good
comfertable home thay used
to tell me that but I have
lerned it by expearenc
I should like to be at home
to help father with his deutys
for he will soon feel it if he
trys to keep the plase along
alone. he has got money enough
to do him and you while yow
kneed it there is but little
news to write at this time
it is about the same thing
evry day there was a quite
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a time here about two
weeks ago when thay elevated
the godis of liberty to here
ststation on the capitol it is
a splendid statu the day
that it was put up thay
fired guns evry plase there
was a continud rare in Camp
Barry for about half an
ourer it was sport while it
lasted thay burned some
pouder over it but the
government I had to but
the hills the shirts that you
sent me fit to at evry
way and thay are nise
and warm for this cald
weather you wrote about
sending another box it is
like this the more you send
of them nise things the more
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I want when all the nise cakes
are gon it makes a feller
feel as if he would rather
be at home then in the army
I think I wouldent we in
a hurry about sending another
by en by will do as well and
then how are you box
I recieved two religious papers
from nancy guild to day I must
pen a few lines to here dont
tell sis for she might plague
one about nanc in her litters
I must come to a close
Give my love to all yours
John P. Campbell
tell sis that I wrote
her a letter a few days ago
and shall look for answer
Good by all

December 25, 1863


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


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


From State: 
District Of Columbia
From Note: 
Camp Barry


To State: 
To Municipality: 
To County: 

Transcription/Proofing Info

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

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