Newport News via
Nov 21 th
Dear wife
i now Sit down to Pen you a few
Lines to Let you know how i am
i am very well and hope that
this will find you all well
we got Paid of yesterday and i have
Sent 25 dollers By Express you
will get it in a day or two now
you must Send me the things
in Nat Howards Box Put the
Needles and thread in a Little Bag
for i have not got anything to
keep them in and Send me
a half dollers worth of Postage
Stamps dont forget the Bitters
and Pants dont Send anny thing too
Spoil i got a Letter from you day Before
yesterday it is the 21th i dont think
that Nelley ougth to go to School
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this winter She will Learn just as
much to go next Spring one of
our Company Saw John Parsons
in Boston and he Says that he
never Looked So well Before
Davenport is in washington in the
hospittal no Nat Howard is not
Sick only a Boil i dont know
wethe gen Foster will take
Burnsides Place or not Birney
Resinged on account of family
affairs gen Banks has Landed in
Texas and every thing is Lovely
for the union the Rebels are
[about?] Played out one more
good victory and they are gone
a great union feelling is Spreading
all over the South and the Rebel
Army is deserting all the
time they are Comeing into
Newbern all the time and
Enlisting in our Army Every
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things Looks Bright we are all
Right with England and France
at anny Rate for the Pres[ent?]
did you See that Speech of the
Rebel general in Arkansas
he has Left the Rebel Cause and
Returned to the old Flag it was
a great thing and will do more
good than a Battle i am glad that
Frank is to work and i am glad
that mother is Better So Uncle
worter has gone out west there
will Be a great Battle in georgeia
Before Long i think that gen Meade
Rather got the Best of Lee in
generalship we are haveing Splendid
wether now indian Summer i
hope there will Be war meetting
all over the Country Let the
volunters Be Sent on and this
war will Soon Be over what
a Lot of Blackade Runners we
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takens Lately and it makes the
Rebels Suffer So much the more
i would Like to Be on Board of
Some those gen Boats and got
[some?] of the Prise monny
well i will Close give to
all i hope i Shall hav a
furlough next time

from your Husband
Joseph Barlow

PS Send the things [1]
as Soon as Possible

  1. Written sideways
November 21, 1863


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


Residence (County): 
Essex County, MA


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

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