Fort Smith August 30th /64
Dear Father I now sit down
to write you a few lines to let
you know that I am well and
I hope that you are the same
we got our pay the day before
yester day we got two months pay
I was paid thirty five dallars there
was one daller taken out of my
pay for a harversach and canteen
that I lost on the march a good
meny of the boys had five or six
dollars taken from them
I have sent thirty dollars to you
by the commishoner. I had to
pay a dallar and a half for taping
my boots and a good meny
little articals so that I couldent
send any mare this time tomarow
is the day for mustering for
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two months more pay I have
but little time to write now for it
is almost drill call now we some
expect to get out of this business
this fall Give my love to all

yours in haste J P Campbell

August 30, 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


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Transcription/Proofing Info

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

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