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Samuel McClain Papers: Transcripts - MS 640
Letter no. 10 Camp Parole, M.D.
June 3, 1864
I'll commence this letter to you today, but I'll not finish it ontil I get one from home, for I answered the last one that I received. I wrote a letter to David Hanna yesterday. I am writing this in the chappel. This paper & envelope are give to us by the chaplin of this camp. He furnishes us a room to write in & ink, pen, and paper all free of charge. We have meeting every night and every Sunday. I was to church last Sunday. The house was crowded with soldiers and only three women thare. It looked rather hard. I thought of home. I thought what a vast difference in this place and at home. Here all men and no women, thare all women and no men. Thare is women in camp every day, half white & half black. This state is composed of Negroes, dogs & fools & Rebs. The women are all so fetched homely, old Laura McCary is a fair spesimen of the femails that live in this country. You need not be afraid of me a bothern any of them, for I don't feel any ways inclined to. I must tell you my dream. I dreamed that I was at home & that we had started to California and that we had a plasant voyage on the ocean and landed safe in Cal., but I awoke and found it a mistake.
My health is good at this time. All the boys that are from Beaver Creek are well. I am injoying my self as well as possible. I am a looking for a letter and a photygraph in it. I'll feel very much disapointed if I do not get one tonight. Thats whats the matter with Same. I am becoming somewhat attached to this camp. If I could only get a letter from home every few days I could content myself very well, for I have but very little to do. I have all night to sleep and most all day to play if I choose. I am a giting lazy as a dog. I fear that it will spoil me. Thats whats the matter.
I'll write to Laura tomorrow. You must let all the friends see my letters, for I can't write to all of them. Tell I.I. Vorhes that I will answer a letter if he will write to me. Now I will bring my scribbling to a close, for I expect I have wored your patiens alredy with my nonsence. Excuse me this time. Write soon. Your affectionate husband.
Saml McClain to
his wife & babyes 3
Will remain hear for some time yet. This is Lauries. I want Laura to write to me. I have wrote 2 letters home since I come here.
Direct to S. McClain
Co.I, 144 Regt. O.N.G. in
care of Capt. John McKee.
Letter no. 10 Camp Parole
June 4, 1864
I received you very kind & welcome letter. I received it last night at 8 o'clock. Believe me Lucinda I was glad to hear from home and to heare that you and the children ware all injoying good health, for as long as you and the babies are well and I can heare from you often I can content myself. I don't want to be hogish, but I would like to get a letter very often and I will answer every letter that I receive and some times I'll write one between times, for you said that you was lonesome and a letter from me cheers you up, so I'll endever to make you as comfortable as I can under the surcumstances in which I am placed, for I have a good chance to write here and I'll embrace every opertunity.
I will write often to you and you will please write often to Sam. You said that you was all most sick for a letter. Well, if a letter will keep you from getting sick I'll endever to furnish you with the medison as long as I am able to write. I can get plenty of the material here to make the medison and I'll send it threw every opertunity. I am redy and wiling to do all that I can to make you & the children comfortable & happy. You also said that you would like to see me. I don't dout your word in the least, judgen you by my self, for I would be very happy to see you and the little ones and to talke to you, for I could talk better than I can wright, but we are deprived of that privlage at preasant, so we will have to be contented by conversing threw the medium of pen and paper ontil the time arives when we will be privelaged to talk face to face. The time will soon roal around if we are blessed with good health, so we must do the best that we can under the sircumstances.
I hear of a grate many reports in sirculation in Wood Co. about us all bin sick & that we ware attacked by the Rebs & getting killed and wonded & all kinds of reports. You must not give head to those reports, for I'll give you all the news as they occur. We are in no danger here of being atacted by the Rebs. You are in more danger thare than we are here, for the Coperheads is a numerous thare as they are here. You need not be uneasy about us, for we are in no danger at all. We sleep as sound as tho we ware in old Wood Co.
You said that you was afraid that your letter would not come threw. I think if you will put on the directions all right it will come threw all safe. I received four letters from you since I came to this place. You must send your picture. It will come threw all right. You must risk it, for I want it bad. You must send it or come yourself. I would rather have you come, but I expect that I will have to do with the picture for a while at least. Your letter was dated May 30 and 31. You said that Laura had just got a letter from me. I sent some things in her letter. Let me know if she got them or not. If she got them I'll send some more to her.
I was glad to get that rose that you sent to me. I will send to you in return a little branch of live oak which grows hear spontainously. I am glad to hear that Will is doing so well on the farm. Twll me in your next how the stock is giting along, etc. and how your provisions are houlding out. I want you to have plenty to eat & ware.
We expect to draw som money this month. If we do I'll send you some. I must close for I want to write to John today & I want to go out and get some cherys & Mullberys, so good by.
to L.A. McClain and family
Oh yes, write often if you please. Yours til deth. S.M.
Letter no. 13 Camp Parole, Annapolis, Md.
June 11, 1864
With pleasure I seat myself this morning to answer your kind and welcom letter which came to hand yesterday baring date June 6. It convaied to me glad tidings of your good health and also the good health of my dear little children. I am so glad to hear that you all are giting along so well. I can content myself here if I can honly hear that my little family is well & injoying themselves. The time is slowly waring away. Today makes 32 days of our time we have bin trying to serve our country. You said that it was the opinion of some that we would not get to come home when our time expires. Don't fear, we will get to come as soon as our hundred days has expired, if not sooner. We ware sworin in for the turm of one hundred days if not sooner discharged, so you see they can't keep us any long. I expect that the coperheads would like if we would have to stay. The infernal coperheads will have to keep quite when we get back, for the boys have swor vengences on them. Thare is a heavy draft going on in this state now. Thare is drafted men pasing here every day with handcuffs on, going to the front. This state did not rais her coto [quota], so they had to be raised by drafting and than the bugers won't go on til they are compeld to go.
Capt. McKee was to Baltimore and brought Henry Barton to camp. He looks well. He was very sick for two weeks, but he is all sound now.
I have received 8 letters from you, for which I am much obliged to you for. I have answered all of them promptly. My health is good at this time and I hope that when this reaches you it will find you all injoying a like blessing. May the Lord keep and preserve you all is my prayer. Tell Laura that I'll write to her soon. Tell Liby & Annie & Willie that I think of them every hour and would like to have a play with them, but they must wait on til I get home and than we will have a big time. Lucinda, I write to you day before yesterday. I write about 3 letters to you per week. I want you to write to me as often as you can. I know that you have not as good a chance to write as I have, so do as well as you can and I'll be satysfied.
I'll bring my letter to a close. Give my respects to all the friends. My love to Father's folks, my love to you & the children.
[June 17?, 1864]
Supper over and all right. I'll have nothing to do for a day or two for I have bursted my drum head in, so I will have to wait on til I get it mended. We are quarted in a good house & good bunks to sleep in. The boys are all buisy writing home. Tell father that I saw Adam Swinehart in camp. I hear he lives near thare. He is from Holmes Co. He told me to send his best respects to father. He is a soldier. You must let father and mother see my letters, for when I write to one I mean all.
The weather is very warm here now. We have had considerable rain here. Crops in this county look worse than Wood Co. I saw peas in bloom today & corn up. This is a mountainous country. The timber is pine and very scruby at that...[illegible]
Camp Parole, Annapolis, Md.
June 17, 1864
I received your very kind letter last evening, dated June 12. I was truly glad to hear from home and home friends and also glad to hear my little family was enjoying good health, one of the greatest of blessings that can be bestoed upon us in this world. I am truly happy to say that my health is exceedingly good, never better in my life. I am very thankfull to the giver of all good and perfect gifts. The health of the company is good, with the exception of S. Holder and H. Barton & Auston Bassett. They are in the hospitle, but not dangerous. James Kerr is all right again. If any of the boys are sick I will mention their names, so if their friends ask you conserning their health you can tell them. I want you to do the same, for as soon as I get a letter the boys all ask me how the folks are & if my wife said anything about thare folks & so on etc.
It is very warm today. I have just returned from a tramp in the county. I got a pass this morning & Fin and me went out in to country 2 miles to get cherys and we got on to a old Rebs ranch\r & he got awful mad and started to the camp to report us to the colonel, but as soon as he left we left on doublequick for the woods and we went to another place and got all we wanted to eat. Than we sliped in to camp & he did not get us that time.
Thare are lots of cherys here and I am bound to have my share of them. The Rebs will have to work the thing sharp if they catch Sam. If they fool with me much some of them will get in to trouble, for I don't think any more of them than I do of a copperhead in Henry County & I just think as much of a coperhead as I do of the Devil.
You said in your letter that you was afraid that we would get catched in a trap. Now don't fret about me & Fin, for you know it is hard to catch an old bird with chaft. We will take care of No.1. As for that chicken, it is all rite. The woman is a union woman. She washes for our boys. She is sound on the goose. I expect I'll have to wait on til I come home to get buiskets & butter & I'll wait on til I get home for the women to, for I can't get any here to suit me, for their eyes are all to sore from some sorce or other. You understand, they come into camp to often to be healthy. They peddle milk and everything else that the soldiers wants. Negro & white women all mixed togather. Thats so.
The picture on the opposite is a fare speciman of Annapolis city. You can see the State House about in the senter of the city. You can recognise it for I maid a small x on the house with ink. Look and see.
June 18, 1864
I always number every letter that I write to you so you can see the number that I write to you. If you will do likewise I can see how many you write and I can tell if I get them all or not. I have received 12 letters up to this date from you. You have don well, you have don better than I have acording to the chance you have to write. Lovly wife I have got, I have, that is so it is. I'll not finish this tonight. I am going out to drill. Good night deary.
Good morning wife. All is well. I am in a hury to finish this, for I bursted my drum head last night and I must make a new one. The boys are all in bead yet. I get up early every morning and sweep the baracks out whil the rest of the boys are asleep. I have wrote three letters to you this week\r & this is the fourth. I also sent you a paper this week. I have not as yet resieved a letter fro I.I. Vorhes. Isaac Brown expects to go to Camp Chase today. I must close for it is nearly breakfirst time and I go to head quarters to get a drum head, so good bye. Take good care of yourself and the children. My respects to fathers. Tell Nane & Hattie I'll write them soon.
to L.A. McClain & family to
Write soon, don't forget
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