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Private William Brooks
Co E, 161st NYVI

"you must keep up good curage and I will try to we cannot tell how mutch comfort there is in store for us yet I expect to come home and stay thare before fall ..." Private William Brooks Port Hamilton, La. April 3, 1863


Port Hamilton, La. April 3, 1863
William R. Brooks to Jane Brooks, his wife and children.

[Fort Hamilton is now in Brooklyn, NY. It guards the entrance to the Upper Bay of New York Harbor. William was apparently left behind when the 161st NYVI Regiment sailed to Louisiana in December. He had not yet been sent to join them.]

apr 3 63 Port Hamilton Apr 3 6[torn]
Dear wife

I once more sit dow to write to you know that I am well and hope this will find you the same I recieved your letter and was [glad?] to heer from you but was sorry to heer that Mation was sick I hope he will not be sick long we expeced to go away from [torn] last sunday but we are heer yet and how long we shell stay I cannot tell I hope that I s [torn] stay [rest of line illegible] armey forit is A good place I am heer to the fort and I dont have mutch to do and and live very well but I expect I shell to go to New Orliens and cannot tell when we shall go we may go to day an we may not go in A week - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - you must write to me as soon as you can if I am gone the letter will come whare I am you must keep up good curage and I will try to we cannot tell how mutch comfort there is in store for us yet I expect to come home and stay thare before fall I will tell you that this is A very fine place orsters and clams can be picted up by the butchel I have nothing more to write

my love to all Good bye to all from Wm R 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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