Camp Barry Feb 16th 1864
Dear Father I again sit down
to write you a few lines to let
you know that I am well at
presant hope that this will find
you the same I wrote to sis
some time ago and havent yet
herd from her or home I have
had a bad boile on my neck for
the last fort night I went to
the doctar yesterday morn and
he lonced it I put flax ceed on
it and it feeles much better
there was a yong felow dide
in the battrey yesterday he
belong ned in providence the
doctar said that he poisoned
himself with lodnum thay had
an inquest and decided that
he put an end to his life
[page 2]
We bured him yester day
at george town about six
miles from here the carps way
caried on out of the [casehons?]
the two [ure?] chests was removed
the carps bound on and the
stares and stripes hid from
[crern?] the rough bords thay dont
stop to plow them much here
the horses that he used to drive
was harnesed up and fastened
to the cariedge was all went mount [1]
ed in the rere of the carps
it would look od to see a posesion
go along so at home but that
is the way that thay have of doing
it out here he lived but a shart
time after he took the poison
I was the only one that stood
by him when he breathed his
last it was all don on acount
of a girl at home she got
[page 3]
maried but a few day sinc
he commited suicide on that
account that has never get
trubled me and I dont intend
it shall there isent as much
talk of the pay master as there
was I guess that we will get fare
months pay when we get any
thay never did pay us in this camp
us prompt as when we were in
the field. there is recruits inlisted
in this camp evry day for some
of the Batterys we have fastened
five of them one of our Sargts
is home at presant recruiting
for the battery there is fifteen
batterys in this camp now three
new ones we have we have a batalion
will evry fare noon we always
have the right of the line
if we was full we wouldent
stop long in this camp
[page 4]
we have had a pretty cald
winter of it for so far
the mud will come next
and that is worse yet them
boots that you sent me have
got pretty long legs and I think
that I can go [if?] how is mother
now I should like to play
william a game of checkers
now I would try and not
let him scunk me
how is all the falks at home
how is aunt mary does she
beet evry lady meneing
Give my love to all me
Yours in haste
J. P. Campbell
Good by
all write

  1. mount = word continues on next line
February 16, 1864


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


Name Variant: 
“Dear father”
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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