[Samuel Hodgman letter, January 29, 1862, United States Civil War] : electronic edition
   
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 p.1 Samuel Hodgman letter 1862-01-29[page 1]
Camp BentonCamp Benton (Md.)
Jan 29th/62

Dear Brother


I have been waiting
ever since last Saturday for
a letter from home, and think
it strange that I have not
received one. I have delayed
writing on that account
WeUnited States. Army. Michigan Infantry Regiment, 7th (1861-1865). Company I have done nothing worthy of
note since my last, but are
holding ourselves constantly
ready for a move. We com-
menced ball practice to day
at a row of stakes set up
to represent the enemy's skir-
mishers. We tried them at
different distances and after
wounding the most of them we
charged on them through
a creek, got our feet wet and
routed them completely
 p.2 Samuel Hodgman letter 1862-01-29[page 2]
with a loss of only one man
wounded by undertaking to
drive down the ball by striking
the ramrod with the palm
of his hand and driving it
through. Capt LovellLovell, Bexaleel W. has
just returned from Vermont
I have had no opportunity to
talk with him yet.
I guess my chance for
promotion in Mich. wont
amount to much, as I
hear nothing from it yet
We have not been paid
off yet and I dont know when
we will be. Uncle Sam
owes me $60. now and I
have $30. due me from the
boys. I have bought me a
Lever Watch and Capt Lovell
has just brought me a
revolver which will cost
me about $20. I do not
 p.3 Samuel Hodgman letter 1862-01-29[page 3]
know but I will send
some money home when
I get it. If I do not have
occasion to use it here
I would rather have it at
home where it will do some
good. I dont know where
I shall get money to pay
the postage on this but
guess I can find it some-
where. The men are bother-
ing me so with their questions
and complaints that I cant
write very connectedly. I
have to carry this company
on my shoulders- almost
Everybody comes to me for
everything. I dont know how
they would get along if I should
happen to leave them or leave
my present position. Everything
is under my supervision from
top to bottom
 p.4 Samuel Hodgman letter 1862-01-29[page 4]
I am going to write to some
of the rest after pay day
I believe I shall buy two or three
dollars worth of stamps so as to
be on hand for emergencies
Give my respects to all
friends and love to all
our folks

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