[1] Camp Essex St Dennes
maryland June 15 [1861]
Dear wife I now sit down to
Let you know how I am getting
along, I have wrote 2 letters to
you that I have not had
any answers to, I should like
to hear from you evey day if I could
I do not feel very smart now, I
have got a sore throat, and lip, I
feel as cross as a Bear I have not
got any letters from Sarah yet, I
think it is Laying in the office in
Boston how is the Children and the
Rest of the folks, I Should like to
see them all and be with them
I hope you are well, green Peas, and
Cherries are ripe the Regiment is now
forming a line in the grove behind
the camp in the shade, our compay
is not on duty to day we have been
out all night on Picket guard and
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[2] are sleeping they say our time
on the 18 of July that would
it from the time we left B
besides our months pay we
land warrant [3] that is 160 i
land we can get 100 d[ollars]
for it in Boston I hope so
will be a good lift gi[ve]
love to all I sent a paper to
Frank Hopkinson ask him if
he got it is father selling
lobsters now let me know
Capt Dade [4] wrote me word that
you could get my Engine money
I am glad of it for it will
do you some good But I dont
know of any more to write
now I will Close kiss the
children for me
from your husband
Joseph Barlow

major Jackman just
come I shall send my
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Picture home By him
if i can
I have Just got your letter
and one from aunt Nelson
i am glad that you have
Paid Sum for Charlies grave Ston
tell aunt Nelson that I will
Dig her garden if I have time
tell mother that it is hot enough
I dont want any coal or
wood tell Hattie that I cant
get another Badge I wish I
could give my love to katy I
have not got any letters
from Frank Hopkinson, it is
time you weaned Lizzy, you
would feel better ,Tom Larry
and myself Fix the tent
Let nellie write
For me I have not got time
to write to aunt Nelson
to day the Rebels have left
harpers Ferry So Report Says

  1. Illustration in upper left cut away, but does not affect the text of page 1
  2. Portions of upper right corner text cut away with illustration
  3. Land warrant=certificates from land office
  4. Capt. Dade=Reuben Dade, Capt. of fire brigade
June 15, 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: 
Camp Essex


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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