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1864 March 15: “Our prospect[s] are that we shall be kept in the State during our term of service”

March 15, 2014

The original letter is in the W. H. C. Folsom Papers (River Falls Mss S), in the University Archives and Area Research Center at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.

Camp Reno . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Milwaukee Wis  Mar 15th [1864]

Mr. W. H. C. Folsom

Dr [Dear] Sir

As it has been a long time since I wrote to you and as yet have received no answer.  I received a letter from my Father today and he says my brother in law Mr. Arey¹ has an idea of coming out West — And as you wrote me that you did not have any one with you — I thought I would write you and see if find out if you did not want some one with you in the store and keeping your books. — My sister[‘]s health has been very poor and he say [sic] he will have to give up preaching this conference.  And I think the climate would make a great change with her and I would like very much to have her come West — It is no use for me to recommend him for a book-keeper for he cannot be beat — and is very fast with his work.  And is a man I know would suit you in every respect.  Now if you can employ him in any thing of that kind I should be very glad to have him come to Taylor Falls.  I wish you to write me what you think you can do for him ~

We have just got moved into our new camp and it has been awfull [sic] weather.  Rain & snow for the last week but to day it has frozen up & the traveling has been very bad.  Our prospect[s] are that we shall be kept in the State during our term of service (that is the majority of the Regiment).  4 companies are expecting to go up the Missouri River on Gen. Sully[‘]s Indian Expedition [Alfred Sully] about the middle of April & four companies kept at this camp. — We could not ask to be better situated than we are here as we are alone by ourselves on the bank of the lake & street cars run all the time to the camp. — I am still ambitious and think I shall reap my reward in a few days.

Write to me soon.  My respects to Mrs. F — hoping to hear from you soon.

I remain
.   .   .Yours as Ever
.   .   .       .Fred A Dresser

Direct          Camp “Reno”
.   .   .   .   .   .   .   . Milwaukee
.   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   Wis

1.  Frederick Dresser’s older sister Adelia L. (1834-1880) married the Rev. Benjamin Stone Arey (1826-1894) in 1855. There is no evidence that they ever left Maine.

Frederick A. Dresser letter of March 15, 1864, from the W. H. C. Folsom Papers (River Falls Mss S) in the University Archives & Area Research Center at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls

Frederick A. Dresser letter of March 15, 1864, from the W. H. C. Folsom Papers (River Falls Mss S) in the University Archives & Area Research Center at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls

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