Fort Smith Aug 1st 1864
Dear Father I now sit down
to write you a few lines to lett
you know thot I am well and
engoyin good helth I have had the
ear ache prety bad far the last week
but am getting over it some what now
I recieved your last letter in due time
was glad to here from you to know
that you are all well and liveing in peace
from the nays and confusion of war
the reports is now that the revs is in
pensylvania burning evry thing as fast
as thay go but thay will meet with a suden
check and will have to take the back track
far it the six Care came in yesterday
and are hard one there path the rebs
dont like to here of the six Care being
around thay have encountered them
to often to like there presanc well
[page 2]
there has been considerable entrist
in the Battry far the last week or two
about our time be ing out in the fall
we have lernt that if we can get Calnel
Yompking sgynature that he in listed
as for the unexpired term of the Regts
that we will get out of it this fall but
that requisition he is unwillen to sign
he was a government offaser and the
governer held respousabel far the wrong
doings of it agents if we can prove that
we was inlisted falsey he will be made
to suffer orardenly there has been
a hand bill taken to the War department
showing them how we was inlisted
thay have promased that it will be looked
after and that we will have our rights
if posable a Calnels word in such
a wse is better then a hondred primates
one of our sargents went and saw the
state agent the other day and he says that
he will do all he can for us
[page 3]
it is not the serveing of an other
year that the men look at so much
as it is to be fooled in such a maner
I am not goin to make up my mind
eather way and then I wont be disapoin [1]
ted I should like to get out of it this
fall I have had a prety good tryal of
[joyering?] but if I dont I shall try
to go it another year and then mister
Fompkins how ar yow there is some
talk of our being mounted again be [2]
fore long in re gard to the letter that
I one wrote you I should prefur to
hav ya let it go unanswered I am
glad that thay are doing well and I think
that is as much as I can say thay had
but little intrest for me and I have
got as little for them how is mother and
sis geting along with the work tell
M that she musent work to hard
and how are you geting along with
the work dont do it all your self there
is help enough and I guess that there
[page 4]
is enough in your ald pocket book
to get any of them I upose williom
is as busy as ever does he strive the
horse rake now with his bloomer on
I came off of guard this morning
I had a little piece of mudd in my
pocket and I went to [whilling?] on
it I made some thing I dont hardly
know what to call it I will send
it in this letter and let you look
for your self pleas write soon
tell all to write and I will read
the letters with intrist I wrot
a few days ago to Charley gray
but havent herd from him yet
tell sis that we have got tree old
catts and twe kitens six days to
amuse our self with
Give my love to all
Write soon yours in hate
Corprel Campbell
Good by for a while

  1. diapoin = word continues on next line
  2. be = word continues on next line
August 1, 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 Note: 
Fort Smith


To State: 
To Municipality: 
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Transcription/Proofing Info

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

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