1865 June 3: Homer Levings Sends a McClellan Saddle Home to Prescott
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.
Washington D. C. June 3rd 165.
Dear Father and Mother
There is no news to write but I thought I would scratch off a few lines to while away the time. I expressed a box to Prescott yesterday for you, containing one McClelan [sic] saddle,¹ and a bridle which I would like to have you get, as soon as convenient. I do not know what the express charges will be on it probably not over five dollars. Ed has gone to the City to day. We have not had any letters for several days. The 15th Corps have all gone, probably some of our Corps will start to morrow, for LouisVille [sic]. We have not been paid off yet. I expect we will get paid at LouisVille [sic]. I would prefer to be discharged here, but I supose [sic] we will have to go to the state. It is so warm that I do not feel like writing so I will stop. Yours Truly, . .Homer.
1. The McClellan riding saddle was designed by General George B. McClellan and adopted by the U.S. Army in 1859. It remained standard issue, in various models, for the remaining history of the horse cavalry. .