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1864 July 20: “You may rest assured the boys were getting uneasy”

July 20, 2014

The original letter is in the Jerry E. Flint Papers (River Falls Mss BN) at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, University Archives and Area Research Center.

Camp 4th Wis Cavalry
Morganzia [sic]¹ La. July 20th, [1864]

Dear Brother,

                          I received a letter from you last night and as I have not much to do to day I propose to write a few lines in return.

The weather is very hot & sultry so that I have but little ambition to do anything.  We have been expecting to move from here daily for three weeks, but here we are yet.

There is not much prospect I think of moving immediately.

The worst trouble here is our mail.  We are two hundred miles above New Orleans and yet all our letters have to go there before we can get them.  The mail received last night was the only one for fifteen days.  You may rest assured the boys were getting uneasy.  Many of the troops at the post have gone to Fortress Monroe I suppose for the purpose of joining Grant’s army.  [Ulysses S. Grant]

I suppose you had a big thing the 4th of July.  I wish you could have seen me lying in this infernal hole without a particle of excitement.  I thought about the good times you were having.  The next few days after that though I had excitement.  I was with a scouting party of 400 men to go out to Simmsport [sic].²

We did not see any Rebs going out but skirmished half of the way back.  Nobody hurt of course.  I gave the benefit of one round from my revolver.

Maj. Peck³ of this regiment has resigned which will bring our present Capt.4 [to?] Maj.  Knowles [Warren P Knowles], if he remains in the service a [sic] will be Capt and your humble servant 1st Lt.  The honorable vets of Co. “G” were discharged a few days ago and have gone to the City to get their pay.  I suppose they will start home.  Winchester5 played one of the most contemptible tricks with Rossie [Roswell V. Pratt] that I ever new [sic].  He went to the Post Office in the City and got out Rossie’s letters and opened them to see if there was any news.  This he did after having asked permission and being flatly refused.  It will be well for him that he does not show his head in this camp again.  Pratt is a favorite with the boys and they will stand with him to the last.  The letters were from his wife and of course he did not wish every one to read them.

Whitefield is here, in good health but still has a good many of his old tricks.  No man will tent with him if there is any other good place.  His clothing looks like the devil all the time.  You can judge who it is agreeable for, having him here or not.  He is as well as any one and does as much duty.  Why can’t he be somebody.  Charly6 is tough as a nut.  He has just come in from a two day scout.  There is work to do at this place as sure as you live.  I am tottally [sic] without money not having had pay since my return to duty.  I have pay due me from the 29th of Feb. as Sergt., 1st Sergt. and Lt. but I am owing about a hundred which will reduce it when it does come.

Give my best respects to everybody that is human, that is in my estimation.

                                                                              Write Soon,
                                                                                         ..J. E. Flint
To: P. C. Flint                                                                              .“Co. G” 4th Wis Cavalry
River Falls                                                                                .Morganzia [sic] La.

1.  Morganza is located in Pointe Coupee Parish in Louisiana. The village of Morganza had been burned to the ground by Union troops in October 1863, but it was now the site of a Union Army encampment.
2.  In May of 1864, General Edward R. S. Canby had relieved General Nathaniel P. Banks and assumed command in Simmesport, Louisiana. Simmesport is located in Avoyelles Parish.
3.  Erastus J. Peck, from Oconto, had originally been the captain of Company H and was promoted to major on March 10, 1864.
4.  The captain of Company G at this point was James Keefe, from Hudson. He was promoted to major on July 22, 1864, but Warren P. Knowles was not commissioned captain until February 25, 1865.
5.  William H. Winchester, from River Falls, was the Chief Bugler.
6.  Probably Charles Knowles.

Flint Letter 1864-7-20

Jerry Flint letter of July 20, 1864, from the Jerry E. Flint Papers (River Falls Mss BN) at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls University Archives & Area Research Center

 

 

 

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