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 June 7th, 1864 [page 1]  June 7th, 1864 [page 1] 
 Dear sister [page 1]  Dear sister [page 1] 
-I take the pleasure this morning of writing a few lines to you to inform you of our whereabouts. We are now at fort delaware on the delaware river. We left the Relay house Sunday the 5th and arrived here the 6th. None ofus expected to leave so soon as we did, but when the word came that we were to go the most of them were anxious to get off. We had to march from one depot to another in Baltimore a distance of about four miles, as we passed along we saw ex-governor Todd at the city hotel. The boys gave him a hearty cheer as they passed along. [page 2] It was about four o'​clock when we left Baltimore and we arrived at Newcastle by the break ofday Monday morning we crossed two arms of the chesa- peake bay on bridges. I suppose they were about a mile wide. We crossed the Susquehanna river after night. The cars were run onto a boat and taken across. We came from Newcastle to the fort on a steamer, a distance of about seven miles. It is a much pleasanter way of travel- ing than on the cars. The fort is situated on an island in the delaware river. it is about four hundred feet square and mounts about two hundred guns. There are about fifteen hun- dred union troops here. three full batteries and our regiment. those that have been here say that [page 3] it is a very heahhy ​location. There is a good breeze blowing from the river the most of the time the tide raises about six feet twice a day. There are about ei ght thousand prisoners, among them are about five hundred com- missioned officers. There is also a great many convicts, some of the prisoners have taken the oath such as have they do not keep in confinement,​ but allow them to be out they have them to per- form all of the rough labor. I have not seen many ofthe rebs yet but those I have seen were very dirty looking mortals each man is fur nished ​ten rounds of amunition. We have very comfortable bar- ricks and it is altogather ​prob- able we will stay here the rem- ainder ​of our hundred days. We have both had our health [page 4] very well since we left. yesterday morning, I ate most too much cheese and fat meat and I was pretty sick last night but I feel pretty well this morning. I was glad to hear that every thing is prospering so well in Jefferson Co. and that you are all getting along so well. Tell mother to pass the time the best she can the hundred days will soon pass around. I could enjoy a chat with you all very well, and partake of a good meal with relish. well I have written about all the particulars this time and will close. I want some of you to mail a letter each mail to one of us for it does us a great deal of good to hear from home. You can tell father that Findley is our captain and he is not any better than davidson. I will close by giving my love to you all. write soon and direct to Fort delaware, Delaware. the rest of the direction is as it was given before. [page 1] +I take the pleasure this morning of writing a few lines to you to inform you of our whereabouts. We are now at fort delaware on the delaware river. We left the Relay house Sunday the 5th and arrived here the 6th. None ofus expected to leave so soon as we did, but when the word came that we were to go the most of them were anxious to get off. We had to march from one depot to another in Baltimore a distance of about four miles, as we passed along we saw ex-governor Todd at the city hotel. The boys gave him a hearty cheer as they passed along. [page 2] It was about four o'​clock when we left Baltimore and we arrived at Newcastle by the break of day Monday morning we crossed two arms of the chesapeake ​bay on bridges. I suppose they were about a mile wide. We crossed the Susquehanna river after night. The cars were run onto a boat and taken across. We came from Newcastle to the fort on a steamer, a distance of about seven miles. It is a much pleasanter way of traveling ​than on the cars. The fort is situated on an island in the delaware river. it is about four hundred feet square and mounts about two hundred guns. There are about fifteen hun- dred union troops here. three full batteries and our regiment. those that have been here say that [page 3] it is a very healthy ​location. There is a good breeze blowing from the river the most of the time the tide raises about six feet twice a day. There are about eight thousand prisoners, among them are about five hundred com- missioned officers. There is also a great many convicts, some of the prisoners have taken the oath such as have they do not keep in confinement,​ but allow them to be out they have them to per- form all of the rough labor. I have not seen many of the rebs yet but those I have seen were very dirty looking mortals each man is furnished ​ten rounds of amunition. We have very comfortable bar- ricks and it is altogether ​prob- able we will stay here the remainder ​of our hundred days. We have both had our health [page 4] very well since we left. yesterday morning, I ate most too much cheese and fat meat and I was pretty sick last night but I feel pretty well this morning. I was glad to hear that every thing is prospering so well in Jefferson Co. and that you are all getting along so well. Tell mother to pass the time the best she can the hundred days will soon pass around. I could enjoy a chat with you all very well, and partake of a good meal with relish. well I have written about all the particulars this time and will close. I want some of you to mail a letter each mail to one of us for it does us a great deal of good to hear from home. You can tell father that Findley is our captain and he is not any better than Davidson. I will close by giving my love to you all. write soon and direct to Fort delaware, Delaware. the rest of the direction is as it was given before. [page 1] 
 Nothing more but remains [page 1]  Nothing more but remains [page 1] 
 your affectionate Brother [page 1]  your affectionate Brother [page 1] 
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