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Private William Brooks
Co E, 161st NYVI

"we have juest got marching orders and we shell have to get ready to go we do not now whare we are going we hope that we shell go north but we cannot tell you must not worrey about me but keep good curage and pray for me I shell do my dotey like A good soldear and if I fall I fall in A good cause but no more of this for I have No feers..." Private William Brooks Baton Rouge, La. May 10th. 1863


Baton Rouge, La. May 10th. 1863

William R. Brooks to Jane Brooks his wife and children.

Baton Rouge May 10th 1863

Dear wife

I once more thake my pen in hand to let you know how I get along my health is very good know but this is a very unhealththey place and I afraid of the climate the wether is so warm and the water so bad that I am afraid that it will be sickley heer this summer

I expect that I shell have to stay till the regt comes home and whane that will be I cannot tell some say that we will leave heer in short time and some say that we will stay heer thare is A battle going on at port hudson now it is 10 miles from heer we can heer the conon roar they have bin fighting 2 day but we cannot tell how it will go but the ofisters heer thinks that the rebs cannot hold out mutch longer and if our folks get port hiudson the rebs might as well give up for then thair whole surplises will be cutoff - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

I recieved you letter of the 13th and was so glad to heer from you but was sorry to here that you was sick but I hope that you will be well before you get this you say that you cannot feel reckinciled that I should be away you must not greave about me for I think that I shell get my health as good as ever but it grieves me to think that I am heer in the south and cannot see those I love but we must put out trust in God and pray that we may be restored to each other again but I am A solier and A soldiers life is uncerten but I meen to be A good soldier as long as I am in the survice I got in the survice honerble and if I ever get out I shell out the same but I do not think we will have to stay longer than fall for I think the war will end - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

May 11th
this morning we heard good news from port hudson our men has got part of the works and they have sent About 3000 negores up thare to gard the place I think the rebs give up soon for they are naked and starved and they cannot hold out mutch longer you would like to be heer and see the country and the folks the women they are beauteys they do not ware hoops and look like so meney been poles they dislike the yankey very mutch they say that we have got all thare slaves away and that we have disstroyed thare propprerty well they tell the trouth for the country is rounend the fences is all burnted up the cattel is all drove off this is A grate place they are the most ignerent set I ever saw they cannot one haff of them read or wite all they know is to keepe nigers and have them do the work - - - - - - - - - -

- - - - - - I am sorrey to heer that you are so sick but I am in hops that you will get well and enjoy your self but I must bring letter to aclose for we have juest got marching orders and we shell have to get ready to go we do not now whare we are going we hope that we shell go north but we cannot tell you must not worrey about me but keep good curage and pray for me I shell do my dotey like A good soldear and if I fall I fall in A good cause but no more of this for I have No feers you must write often and let me know all news tell all the children to wite marion mary eley and Wilie

my love to all good night may God bless you all Amen

direck to Wm R Brooks Neworleans Co E 161 regt NY S V Banks expidition

from Wm R Brooks to Jane Brooks - - -

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Date: Fri Mar 22 2002
Name: Ron Hughes

Read the rest of William Brooks' letters:
3 April 1863 | 10 April 1863 | 29 April 1863 | 10 May 1863 | April 1864 | 26 April 1864 | 18 Sept. 1864 | 5 April 1865 | Last Letter

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