1863 May 7: “The Capt. took the whole company over to his house this morning and gave us all the maple sugar we could eat”
See Edwin Levings’ letter of yesterday (May 6, 1863) for more information on General Hooker and whipping the rebels near Fredericksburg. The original letter is in the Edwin D. Levings Papers (River Falls Mss BO), in the University Archives and Area Research Center at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.
Memphis Tenn May 7th /63.
As there is no news to write, I thought I would send you few lines as an excuse for not writing a letter. Ed has said all that is necessary. concerning the money. I think that if it is paid out in breaking; and putting in a crop that it will be a good investment, but if there is any thing that you can lay it out to a better advantage you can do it, or you can use it any other way that you like. [paragraph break added]
The Capt. [Orrin T. Maxson] took the whole company over to his house this morning and gave us all the maple sugar we could eat. Mrs. Maxon [sic: Eunice Maxson] brought it from home. I supose [sic] there has been a good deal made up there this spring. [paragraph break added]
We had some good news this morning if it is true, the report is that Hooker [Joseph Hooker] has whipped the rebels and got possession [of] Fredricksburg [sic], besides taking six thousand prisoners but I do not supose [sic] that it [is] worth while to believe more than half of it. Is the opinion of a good many that the war will not last a great while longer. I do not see wahat [sic] they will have to carry on a war with, if our Generals will try to do any thing for they cannot fight great while with out anything to eat. [paragraph break added]
You say Phillip Brown is a Sutler here in Memphis,—what Regt. does he belong to. Barney Addams & George Dresser are here in Memphis, they belong to the 2nd Wis. Calvary, they are camped about two miles from here. Soldiering does not agree with George, he had not been able to do duty for a good while. But I must [stop] writing so Ed can mail his letter. Yours truly, Homer Levings
1. Both George B. Adams (Barney probably being his middle name) and George Dresser were from Prescott. They were in Company M of the 2nd Wisconsin Cavalry.