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Letter from Sam Parker to Walter (?)
Letter from Sam Parker to Walter (?)
TitleLetter from Sam Parker to Walter (?)
SubjectLockport (Ill.) -- History; Sam Parker -- Lockport (Ill.) -- History
DescriptionHandwritten letter from Sam Parker to his friend Walter, in which he discusses his personal experiences in the Army Corps. - Donated by Gerald W. Adelmann
Dimensions4 p.; 5 in. x 8 in.
Publisher (Digital)Lewis University 2013
Transcript[UPSIDE DOWN IN TOP MARGIN] Old Gilbert is well & gay as a lark & Arnold to. They both wish to be remembered.

[SIDEWAYS IN LEFT MARGIN] Direct Chicago Mercantile
Battery, 4th Division 19th Army
Corps, Army of the Gulf
New Orleans

Franklin Ga. Nov 13th 1863

Friend Walter
Being alone this afternoon I thought I would spend a short time in writing to you. First I will tell you where & how we are situated in the City of Franklin. You will find the Mercantile Battery & as gay a lot of boys as ever lived, one hundred & twenty or thirty miles northwest of New Orleans. It's a pleasant town of about 2, 000 inhabitants in good time & the Parish is union but the Citizens are XXXX as strong as they make them. The citizens are mostly female & our boys have each got his favorite where they can go & get a __________ warm meal & spend an hour XXXX XXXX very socially. As for me I have to put up with a young widow. Her husband was killed in the Southern army at the same time. She is very much of a lady & very entertaining & _________. Be it as it may we put in very good time for Yankees. We left New Orleans the 5th of October & not ten sober men in the co. We went through a XXXX XXXX stand & got some of the rest liquor. There was in Orleans in fact we got evry thing there was in the institution & engaged it hugely. Speaking of Orleans I will say it's the fastest city I ever saw. Horse racing, foot races, prize fights, Cock fights, & perking of all colors & nations. I got rid of $130.00 while I was there & I don't begrudge a red of it either. & all the boys went their bottom dollar on Orleans. There is some talk of our going back. We have been here since Oct 11th garrisoning the place & keeping our supplies open. Our front had a had a mighty hard fight with 6, 000 Red Cavelry. We lost the largest part. Part of 4 XXXX prisoners, but we killed as many of them as they took prisoners of us & captured 100 prisoners. They are a dirty, hard looking set of men but they fight like devils. They got in between the 19th Corps & the 13th & took our troops entirely by surprise. The pagmaster was paying off. He XXXX however. The Rebs took one battery from us but it was afterward XXXX with heavy loss on both sides. The canonier's fought with their rammers & trail handspikes. I expect evry day when we will all be gobbled up here as there is only one XXXX at present & our Battery here & for more than a dozen mornings we have got out to fight them but XXXX XXXX yet it will come soon enough if we don't have one for a year to come. Walt I've seen all the Battles I want. I've been in 7 & God knows they are tough sights. At the same time I am ready for them at any time, we are in what is called the Teche, pronounced Tash Country the richest county in La. It reminds me more of Ills than any country I've seen since I left home. We are living better than we ever did before & not

[UPSIDE DOWN IN TOP MARGIN]I will write the particulars in my next
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A sick man in the Co. I weigh 150 lbs, heavier than I ever was before. The weather is to warm to wear a coat. The grass as green as in midsummer, Cabbages & peas growing lively, & I dare say you have had some rough health. Before this XXXX the was those S.B. or union league as they term themselves harder they get along. I will tell you what I think of them. I think they are nearer secessionist than anything Ive seen since I left home, & d~~~ them if they are so devout towards the Union. Why in the name of God don't they shoulder the musket & come down here. I would give $50.00 to see the first one of them here, but they are to much like John Felter, all XXXX home & when they have a chance, they show the white feather. His men or XXXX was a trick XXXX. When we left & they say he was a coward & a thief
d-n such patriotic SBs & tell them I say sir, give my respects to Dr. Hanley your father. Dan & Stephen & Frank XXXX. By the way he sent us boys a box of cigars & please acknowledge the receipt of them for me & say much obliged my respects to Bill XXXX Jim XXXX & child. In fact all the old sports & keep a good share for yourself & remember me to Father. Your friend as ever
S.L. Parker
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CollectionGerald W. Adelmann Papers (Lewis University)
Accession Number2013-10-Adelmann-0004
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