[Samuel Hodgman letter, November 22, 1863, United States Civil War] : electronic edition
   
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 p.1 Samuel Hodgman letter 1863-11-22 [page 1]

7th Mich. Vol. InfUnited States. Army. Michigan Infantry Regiment, 7th (1861-1865)Mountain Run,Mountain Run (Culpeper County, Va.)
Nov 22d 1863

Dear Mother


I received your letter a few
days ago and was very glad to hear
from you, and of father's prosperity in
business. I wish I could drop in on
you just about now and have a good
time at home Never mind, we are nine
months men now. unless we reenlist
for three years, I hardly think we will
do that now. Just as soon as I can get
mustered as Captain I shall apply
for a position in the Invalid CorpsUnited States. Army. Invalid Corps
which will be better than knocking around
in the field. I suppose we are to have
some fighting soon, perhaps before this
will reach you. I hear that everything
is to be in readiness to move day after
to morrow - which way I cannot tell
but do not think it will be toward
the rear.- One more big fight and then
for winter quarters. I hope they wont punish
the 2d CorpsUnited States. Army of the Potomac. Corps, 2nd as usual this time. The
weather has lately shown an inclination
to keep us at home. It may do so yet  p.2 Samuel Hodgman letter 1863-11-22 [page 2]
The roads are now quite muddy and
if it rains again soon it will be Meade
stuck in the mud. Our paymaster has not
favored us with his presence yet. We expect
him every day. I expect I shall lose my
horse. He had some kind of a disease that
the farriers know nothing about and dont
seem to improve any. $165 will be a nice
little amount for me to lose. just as I was
making up my mind that I had got $400
all safe and was going to try and save $400
more before my time was out. My Commission
deprived me of the $100 bounty. So I am one
of the unfortunate ones in the money
line. Well! If I get out alive I shall be
thankful. At GettysburgGettysburg, Battle of, Gettysburg, Pa., 1863 I would have
given a leg to have my life warranted
without a moments hesitation. I dont
feel so now, but am willing to trust in
Providence for the result. If I get knocked
over there's no wife and babies to mourn
for me - aint that lucky? Maybe there's
one in Ohio that would feel bad for a while
But what is the use of my talking in this
way. My chance to get out all right is
four times as good as it was when I enlisted
and I think the prospects of the war closing
next season are quite favorable. I suppose  p.3 Samuel Hodgman letter 1863-11-22 [page 3]
you see the illustrated papers with their
striking facsimiles of so many battle fields
The only one that I could at all recognize
is in the last number of Frank Leslie - the
fight at Rappahannock Station.Rappahannock Station, 2nd Battle of, Va., 1863 I did
not see the fights but the works and
appearance of the ground is well represented
In "the battle of Bristow StationBristoe Station, Battle of, Va., 1863" the only thing
I could recognize was the old wind pump
and that did not look natural. But
you in Michigan can get an accurate
idea of it all from them. only you
cant hear the bees singing about your ears
nor hear the "corn popping" You will
have to imagine that. I wish you could
see our flag now. There are a few and but
few rags left clinging to the staff. When
we passed through BrooklynBrooklyn (Va.) some
ladies wondered if we were not ashamed
to carry such a flag. Perhaps if one
of her silk dresses had been where that
flag had there would not be much
more of it left. I suppose the State
authorities do not mean to do anything
for us but let Unculpsalm wear out what
little there is left of us. We now carry 150
muskets. I learn that 1600 of the drafted
men have been assigned to Gen Custer'sCuster, George Armstrong, 1839-1876 p.4 Samuel Hodgman letter 1863-11-22 [page 4]
brigade (cavalry)United States. Army. Michigan Cavalry Brigade (1862-1865) and the rest are to go
west. The trouble is that there is no one
in Mich to work for us. Col HallHall, Norman J., d. 1867 is there
to be sure but he has no influence there
however much he may have on the field
of battle. That box does not arrive yet
I have sent to Washington for it two or
three times but cannot hear of it. and
I need the coat and stockings very much
The apples and grapes would also be appreciated
I can assure you.- I received a letter
from Jennie B. last night. I dont think
I shall try to get home on leave this winter
as my time will be so near out that it
would cost more than it would come to - not
meaning that happiness is worth less than
money- but you understand me. I do not know
but Father had better ask Whitford to trace
out that box.- still it may come to light
yet. Love to all. Father Mother & Charlie
Hattie too if she is with – What has become
of Brimmer?Brimmer, Albert E. He has not written to me
in a long time. Remember me to all
friends


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