1864 8 Pp. Union Civil War Soldiers Hospital Letter - 30th Maine Infantry Regt. For SaleVery interesting 8 pp. Union Civil War soldier's letter dated Mc Kims (Mansion) Hospital (Baltimore, Maryland) Aug 28 1864, from Private Samuel C. Haskell, currently a nurse, Company "B," 30th Maine Infantry Regiment to his wife, Mary J. Haskell, In care of Elihu H. Cole, Paris ME with original U.S. Sanitary Commission postal cover franked with contemporary US 3c Washington postage stamp, postmarked Baltimore MD Aug 30 1864.
The contentreads, in part: "I am well ... I have got my morning work all done and never feel so well when I am writing to you ..." Is sorry he is not at home to help with the farm. "We can take comfort when I think I am favored so far since I was sick, for it has been fighting all of the time since I left theregt. and they have sent all but one, that come here when I did, to theirregts. again and if I did not get in nurse [nursing] I might have gone to myregt. before thistime and perhaps been kill[ed]. They sent a lot of them off this morning and some of the nurses that they did not like. The doctor says I have the neatest looking ward in the hospital. Think if I can stay here this fall that I shall not see any more fighting. The most that I want is a little money to get tobacco, for it is hard for me to go without it sometimes, for I am afraid that I shall not get ... my pay this payday. The doctor says I shall certain have. I don't know what we shall do if I do not get it. There would be more next payday, but I need some of it, and I know that you do, but if I cannot get it I think you can go to any store that you want and pay them when you get it. But I want you to have twenty five dollars ... to keep in the house ... I think you can get it by giving my note for it, if your folks have got it to spare. I am writing for you to pay them interest. I want you to write if you can get it, in case you want it, so I shall know, for I cannot help worrying about it ... I don't want you to be so afraid to spend money. You have tried to be too saving with our money. You have had to pay it most all for debts ... Sunday is a long lonesome day ... There is nothing doing. All is still in the great city but the bells, and they are ringing from morning 'till night. I should be very glad to be at home, but I dare not get homesick, for I know it would not be any better for me ... I am sorry that I enlisted for in these hard times. I could never have paid for the farm now. It takes every dollar that I get out here to support thefamily... I should be the happiest man in the world if I could be at home ... I could take comfort in knowing that I had not got to be dragged from my home. I do hope that the time will come that I can be with you all very soon ... If the cattle plagues you, I would get them in the field as soon as you can. I suppose the fence will want some fixing on both lines. You had better get Ell to fix it on his side and Taylor on his side, if you can. I suppose they are thinking of he draft there now. Ishould be pretty sure to go if I was them. Can you say, Mary, as it stands now that you are sorry that I am where I am? Tell me what your folks say because I am in the hospital. ... I have had it hard all time 'till I came here. I should like to see the little fellow. Tell me if you have got a name for him yet. I think you candraw 50 cents a week for him ... Mary be careful of yourhealth, and keepSarah with you and pay her as soon as you can. I have been thinking of sending home ... [for] a box of something to eat when it gets a little cooler. Write what you think of it, for I want some of your own cooking. If I had a brisket, such a one that Nathan used to like, and some of your butter ... it would bea good supper for me. I have not eat no such things since I left you. I do want a good boiled dinner and anything I could get if I was at home. I do not think that I shall never complain about living poor if I ever get home, for I never knew what it was to live poor since I was married 'till I got into the Army ... Kiss the children for me ... [signed] Samuel C. Haskell."
Samuel C. Haskell, a 32 year old farmer from Paris ME, enlisted as a Private and was mustered on Dec 18 1863 into Company "B," 30th Maiane Infantry Regiment. He was mustered out on Aug 20 1865 at Savannah, Georgia.
Our brief research file, including regimental history is included.
Letter is in good readablecondition, postal cover reduced at left in opening. Both have some minor contemporaneousink stains, not affecting readability of any text and mentioned only for the record.
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