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 __**Primary Sources for the 3rd Delaware Infantry**__ __**Primary Sources for the 3rd Delaware Infantry**__
 +Letter of Martin M. Tuffman, 3rd Delaware Infantry, US Army Heritage and Education Center.
 +Relay House, July 11th 1863
 +Dear Mother,​\\ ​
 +I received yours of the 8th, came duly at hand today and I was very glad to hear from you that you was well and sorry to hear of Sis not getting any better I am well and hope these few lines may find you the same. The cars are running through here steady with soldiers & they are sending company by company away, out of our regiment, and freight cars loaded with Grubb & ammunition they are lined on the inside with iron with 12 portholes on each side and on what was formerly the door is printed or rather painted the two deceiving words Government stores, that is to deceive the Rebbles so that when they come on the train and make a grab for the Government stores they will get just the kind the Government issues now. They have already tasted some of that Grubb but they did not like it much, they said it was too salt. I expect it will be our companys turn next to go. Nor I dont care how soone for I am tired of this place already. You asked in your letter who and what our Colonels name it is Samuel Howell Jenkins are Lt. Colonel'​s name is Wm. B Dorell and our majors name is Frederick Hackett. ​
 +I saw the 2nd Delaware day before yesterday and out of 5 hundred men they only have 150 left that is thinning them out pretty well. I saw one of the awfullest sites this morning that ever I saw in my life before there was a train of soldiers going by and while going round the turn above here there was some large stones sticking out from the bank & this soldier was a setting with his legs out the door when one of the projecting stones struck his legs and snatched him out of the cars and drug him some 20 yds before he fell & after he fell there was eight cars passed over his body smashing and tearing his body, so that they put him in a box 3 foot long and 2 foot wide I believe the only part that was whole was his two legs from his knee down, they were sticking in his boots, and from his shoulders to the top of his head his head was not smashed it was only split open he is a single man but he has a mother and a sister depending on his small pay from the government. If you can send my watch down anyway at all I wish you would as it would be as much of a companion as I can have as.   Give my respects to Mrs. Addshead & the children & also to Mr Gitten(?) &, if sis is with you tell her to write I must now close by giving my my Respects to all inquiring friends so no more at present from your affectionate son. 
 +Direct to Martin M Tuffman\\ ​
 +Co A 3rd Regt. Del. Vol.\\ ​
 +Relay House \\ 
 +please write as soon as you get this as we may moove \\ 
 +good Bye
 +[written across the first page] 
 +Dear Mother This is a 20 dollar Cecesh note that was give to me you can keep it for a curiosity for it is worth keeping for that & that only, Yours Truly\\ ​
 +MM Tuffman ​
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