[Samuel Hodgman letter, October 16, 1861, United States Civil War] : electronic edition
   
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 p.1 Samuel Hodgman letter 1861-10-16 [page 1]
Camp Benton.Camp Benton (Md.)
Oct 16 1861

Dear Mother


I received your letter
of the 8th last night and was very
much pleased to hear from home.
Letters come so seldom that when they
do come they seem a perfect Godsend
The mail for our RegimentUnited States. Army. Michigan Infantry Regiment, 7th (1861-1865). Company I comes to
Poolsville.Poolesville (Md.)- 2 miles from here.- and is
brought into camp every other day-
Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.
We have done nothing yet in the
way of fighting, and I dont know
how soon we shall. The talk seems
to be that we shall advance into
Virginia before long. Edwards' Ferry,Edward's Ferry (Md.)
(I presume you have read of it) is only
one mile from us and is the place
where we shall probably cross.


I would like a paper occasionally - a Messenger
for instance. The Chicago papers get too old before
we can get them. If I get through safe and have
money enough I may take it into my head to come
across by New Hampshire when I come home.

1 p.2 Samuel Hodgman letter 1861-10-16 [page 2]

LeesburghLeesburg (Va.) is but a short distance
from us on the Virginia side.
Our boys made a haul to day-
the first they have done in that
line. Two news vendors came into
camp this morning with late papers
and a lot of immoral books-
The Col.Grosvenor, Ira A. Had them promptly arrested
and on examination they said they
were from Virginia Their account
was not entirely satisfactory so they
are held as prisoners. I dont know
what will be done with them
There is some talk that our Col. is
to be promoted to a Generalship-
he is now the ranking Col. in the
BrigadeUnited States. Army of the Potomac. Corps, 2nd. Division, 2nd. Brigade, 3rd and has command in
the absence of Gen Lander.Lander, F. W. (Frederick West), 1821-1862 There is
some prospect that I may get a
Lieutenancy in a month or so- if I do I shall get better pay and not
have so much to do. I have now


 p.3 Samuel Hodgman letter 1861-10-16 [page 3]

more of the real work of the Company
to do than all of the commissioned
officers put together. My company books
are said to be the best in the Regiment.
And I think my chance is good if
one of our Lieutenants should happen
to resign in a few weeks. I will tell
you a little about "Mac". He is not
now doing duty in the company but
is held in arrest on several charges
He has the privilege of joining the
Cavalry if he wishes rather than be
court martialed. He has chosen the
latter alternative and will probably
leave us as soon as an opportunity
presents. There are seven or eight charges
against him but no one wishes to see
him disgraced. Dont let this be known
out of the house unless circumstances
should render it necessary to protect
others- you can guess my meaning
Travis does very well but is not well liked


 p.4 Samuel Hodgman letter 1861-10-16 [page 4]

by the “boys” he is too hasty and
turbulent. Seymour is good for nothing
as an officer. He is too slow and as contrary
as a hog. Some of our best boys are from
WakeshamaWakeshma (Mich. : Township) & near there. If I had time I
would write you a detail of my duties
for one day. Relaxation is the exception
here not the rule. I am busily employed
from day light till dark and some of
the time till tattoo and even after.
I wrote to Jennie last week and shall
try and write to Helena soon. You
write nothing about Uncle Ed's folks- are
they all getting along as usual. I heard
from Sarah P. last Saturday. The 1st MinnUnited States. Army. Minnesota Infantry Regiment, 1st (1861-1864)
is encamped about 3/4 of a mile from us.
One of them said they were keeping a
private school at St. Anthony. He did not
know very much about them. We have
Masonic meetings every Sunday forenoon
Father knows where we meet. Give my
respects to "Nelson & Sarah" and all the
rest of the friends. Give my love to Nene
& Bourn and Uncle Eds folks. Love to
Father & Charlie

We have not got a cent of pay get and dont expect to get any till the first
of next month. Please tell Dr. Lovell of this and say that I shall not forget him
when pay day comes. I am on the last dollar, but
Lt. ShafterShafter, William R. owes me $4. He is as badly off for pay as any of us.

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