[ ‘61]

Realy hose
June 2
my Dear wi[f]e the Box Came
Last night and Such a time
as we had you out to have Been
here wen it was opent there
is tuelve men in our tent
an wee have Some good time
i was glad of the things you
Sent we have Ben Paid of[f]
with 5 Dolers and a half in gold
wich [??] get Sent i tell you [2]
[??????????] got a Large
[????????] of cake i have got
[?????] [vitels?] to Last ten
months it is hot to Day you
can Bet Strawberies are Selling
out here at [4?] cents a Box
[page 2]
[Corn?] and B[eans?] are up hear to [weks?]
a go Charlie Morisson [3] a[n]d myself
went to Baltimore Friday
we had a Pass From the Coll [4]
it is a Large Plase and [????]
wile i am writing the havelocks [5
have Come But i am Burnt up
Some i wrote to you that i
did not Like Capt Barlet [6]
i am not the only one in
the Company our Coln is a
nice man and a Brave one
to give hime a Chance i
Sepose you heard that [???]
having a Batle But wee
have not yet. Scouting Parties
go out Day and night to Look
For the Rebels i would Like
to have the Pleasure of
kiling a Rebel [have?] yet
to hear From aunt nelson
[page 3]
and hattie give my Love
to them all i Sent a paper
to Father and you Coll [Colonel]
Elsworths [7] Portrait is in
it i want you to keep
it For me wee have got
Shoe Blacking and Soap
paper and Pen and ink
[wee?] go out on inspection
Sunday wee Clean out our
tente amd Put them in
o[r]der wee have Plenty
of water and good
at that i Cant think
of any thing more now
So i will Close [???]
kis the Children
For mee
From your husband
Joseph Barlow
[page 4]
P S i hope mother
will get Better
god Bless you all
[from?] [???]
Joseph [Barlow?]
give my Love
to Sarah [??]

  1. Patriotic illustration in upper left of page
  2. Letter is written in pencil and difficult to read
  3. Pvt. Charles Morrison
  4. Colonel Edward Hinks
  5. havelock = a cloth covering for a cap with a flap in the back to protect the neck from the sun
  6. Capt. Albert Bartlett
  7. Union hero Elmer Elsworth, killed May 24 in Alexandria
June 2, 1861


Co. A, 8th Massachusetts Infantry; Co. I, 23rd Massachusetts Infantry
private; sergeant
Residence (County): 
Essex County, MA


Residence (County): 
Essex County, MA


From State: 
From Municipality: 
From Note: 
Relay House


To State: 
To Municipality: 
To County: 

Transcription/Proofing Info

Bambi Whitaker
Transcription Date: 
December, 2013
M. Ellis
Proof Date: 
January, 2014

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