William Digby Smith, 14th C.V.I., May 19, 1865


William Digby Smith, 14th C.V.I., May 19, 1865


United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
United States. Army. Connecticut Infantry Regiment, 14th (1862-1865)
Appomattox Campaign (1865)


William Smith writes to his wife of the march back from Appomattox following Lee's surrender and of the imminent dissolution of his regiment.






Smith 18650519 – TRANS
May 19th
Camp Near Alexandra
Dear wife I send you these few
lines to let you know that I am
well hoping this will find you
better than when you rote to me
last I received the letter you
rote to me on the 7th the 16th
of this month Dear wife I would
have written to you before this
time only that I wanted to find
out what the was going to do
with us the are giving the men
in the ridgement that is broke
down there discharge so I donth
know when we will get our
discharge but there is one thing
the cannot keep us any longer
than the first of September Dear
wife it twas a hard march there
was quiet a number of the men
Died on the march Do you
remember the thunder Storm
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That shoock the house so that
you held on to me so well we
have had one on the march
3 times as bad it cominced about
5 o clock in the after noon and
it lasted all night so we had
to march in all the rain then
turin out in a lot and stop
theire untill morning if any
Body wished for morning it twas
Me I neaver seen sutch a sight
there was quiet a number of
men and horses killed the guns
Drew the lightning there was so
mutch Steel Dear wife I must
Drop this george he is well
and the rest of the boys is well
it rains quiet hard hear know
the rain keeps a coming in
Dear wife you must
Excuse this short letter you
will not have to lock for
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Manny more letters from me
I hope this will find you
and margret in good health
And all the rest of the family
we would have had a revew
to day only it rains Dear
wife I will tell you all
abbout the march when I get
home give my love to father
and family Mr hubbard
And family David John
And family you can tell
willie that I think I will
be home for to get a mess
of Peas yet Kiss the children
for me you must excuse
me for not riting to you before
this time No more at presint
From your loving husband
William D Smith
good boy rite soon

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