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Object Name Letter, Original
Catalog Number 2015.022.00015
Date May 11, 1861
Scope & Content Letter: Partial original letter written to "Dear Brother". Camp Hamilton, May 11, 1861


Camp Hamilton
May 11th, 1861

Dear Brother,

Once more we have mended our way to the city of Columbus at which place we arrived yesterday afternoon (Friday) at 2 o'clock. Mrs. Kennedy, Mother, Jim, Leigha nd Fanny Burke were up to see me on Thursday and while walking with them through Hamilton received a dispatch for our company to come to Columbus his forthwith. After bidding them all on affectionate farewell I hastened to Camp Hamilton where we all commenced packing up. After having everything in readiness to depart Cap Dodds received information that it was impossible for us to leave that evening, and consequently we had to remain until the following morning on account of the R.R. Company not being able to furnish cars. We are very pleasantly situated here, just as nice a s we were at Hamilton; if not better, and we have far better eating then we had there. There is a report in circulation this morning, that we are to be sent to Zanesville in the morning, but (?) the report is, I am unable to decide, but there must be some truth in the report, as we were hastily engaged in preparing our quarters when Lieutenant Evans came and informed us it was useless to make any preparations as we would leave in the morning.
Monday we commenced to receive rations, and how we will be suited with that style of living time will determine, but I am inclined to think we will prefer the present arrangements. I am where you favored me with your presence at Camp Hamilton, you seemed to think the South would prove conquerors in the present strife but let me inform you each will not be case. The cause in which we are engaged is a holy one and all those who have gave forth to defend the glorious stars and stripes will be successful at least I trust so. You seem to think we are too young to engage in such an understanding, but you should remember the old adage - young men for war - old men for counsels.
This I consider Sam is an excellent motto for th times. Is it not astonishing to see how the young men of our country have responded to the call of their respective Governors and gone forth in defense of this countrys right and the right of humanity. Could you only be present and see how we soldier boys enjoy ourselves you would think the member of our company the happiest set of fellows in the world. While I am writing, I hear the sound of the violins and the merry voices of those who are engaged in that delightful amusement - dancing and I often feel sad when I look upon them and see how little they of the
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