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Soldier To Wife: "same Old Rip At Camp Dennison" For Sale
John H. Ruhl was mustered into “K” Co., Indiana 12th Infantry, on August 21, 1862 and was discharged for disability on July 22, 1863. Ruhl was stationed at Camp Dennison when he wrote this letter. Camp Dennison was a military recruiting, training, and medical post during the Civil War.
12” x 7”, 2 pp, June 30, 1863, Camp Dennison, Ruhl writes to his wife. In pencil.
“…I am cooped up here and don’t find out any more than just what comes to pass in here and scarcely sounds that sometimes. Old Mother tell-tale is here just as she used to be in Camp…It seems to me that I know her face. I guess the same old rip that used to bring us such big lies. At least I have her down as such…There was a report afloat the Board would be here today and certain, but it has not been here yet and the worst is they won’t be here. The report is at present that they are not in session at all today so you can see that the old saying still holds out ‘Man, men of many minds and I think many fools of many kinds.’ But it puzzles me to tell you who the fools are, we, or those men, that keep us here but this much I know that Uncle Sam has the worst end of the horn. He has the paying off to do that’s what’s the matter. The young man which I stated being so sick is dead. He was buried yesterday. If they don’t soon tend to my case, I must have you to send me some more money. It costs a good deal of money here. They sell a common sliced pie at fifteen cents at the Sutler’s Shop. I bought one from a little girl today for dinner and I tell you it was an awful thing. They made a mistake in putting the shortening in it, in place of putting in cream…They had the crust cemented with hair. So ends the pie scrap…
“They are taking our names down for pay. I don’t know whether we will draw our pay or not but they are going to try and get the money for us.
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