[Samuel Hodgman letter, March 9, 1862, United States Civil War] : electronic edition
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 p.1 Samuel Hodgman letter 1862-03-09 [page 1]
Camp BentonCamp Benton (Md.)
Mar 9th 1862

Dear Father

It is one of the most
beautiful days I ever saw
The sun shines bright, the weather
is warm & the birds are singing
merrily. Our CompanyUnited States. Army. Michigan Infantry Regiment, 7th (1861-1865). Company I is on
picket opposite Ball's BluffBall's Bluff (Va.)
I stay in camp to attend to
matters here and to finish
up a new set of books which
we drew last week also to
take care of 90 new overcoats
& Pants that we also drew - of
the new color - sky blue. Our
pickets brought over three con-
trabands yesterday. They were
from Mississippi and two of them
were the body servants of
 p.2 Samuel Hodgman letter 1862-03-09[page 2]
officers high in authority
They report the damageBall's Bluff, Battle of, Va., 1861
Done by us at Edward'sEdward's Ferry (Md.)
Ferry much greater than
we had supposed, over 70 killed
& enough wounded to make up 100
LeesburghLeesburg (Va.) is now in possession
of our troops but the Mich 7thUnited States. Army. Michigan Infantry Regiment, 7th (1861-1865)
I guess is destined to rot in
obscurity. Col. GrosvenorGrosvenor, Ira A. has
put a card over his office
“Head Quarters of Grim & Bearit”
He tried to get permission
to cross and occupy the enemy
works yesterday but Gen DanaDana, Napoleon Jackson Tecumseh, 1822-1905
would not allow it. The idea
is that the 7th being one of the
best drilled and of the best
material of any in the service
they must be kept out of
harm's way for fear that
some of them might get hurt
 p.3 Samuel Hodgman letter 1862-03-09[page 3]
One of our men with some
of Military units: Co. K.United States. Army. Michigan Infantry Regiment, 7th (1861-1865). Company K crossed the river near
the foot of Harrisons IslandHarrison's Island (Va.)
yesterday and went about
two miles back into the
country. They saw no rebels
The enemy have burnt everything
likely to be of value to our
forces- wheat, corn &c and
the R.R. depot & LeesburghLeesburg (Va.)- also
a large flowing mill oppo-
site the head of Harrison's Island
We dont know whether we
are ever going to move or
not. One day we are all
excitement with the prospect
of leaving- the next just
as far the other way. The
health of the camp is tolerably
good There is a sort of epidem-
ic cough & sore mouth in
camp. warm weather will
soon cure that
 p.4 Samuel Hodgman letter 1862-03-09[ page 4]
I have a lame arm more
from the effects of vaccination
so I shall have no future fear
of the small pox. McFarlin has
not yet got his discharge and
is now doing duty. The surgeons
want to operate on his leg and
he dont want to let them
The least said the soonest
mended. I received Charlies
letter last night. I am very
glad to hear from home once in
a while. Those boots are just
the thing. They fit well and
keep my feet dry
Love to Mother & Charlie
& all the Cousins

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